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Every year in New Zealand people are injured or die on railway tracks.

Since 1993 there have been around 740 collisions at railway level crossings and 131 people have died. In most instances these accidents were avoidable.

This rail safety site has been developed by TrackSAFE NZ as a way of raising awareness and educating the New Zealand public about rail safety.

TrackSAFE NZ is focused on raising awareness of the risks around the railway and helping people learn the skills and behaviours required to keep safe.

Aims of this website

This site aims to help reduce the loss of life, injury and harm caused by road/pedestrian crossing collisions in New Zealand. Information on this site will:

  • Teach you about the risks around the rail corridor
  • Tell you how you can stay safe around the railway
  • Explain the responsibilities that we all have to keep ourselves safe
  • Show the personal impact on the victims and their families as well as the train drivers involved in level crossing accidents

Information you’ll find here

This website also contains a range of information to read or download about rail safety, including:

You will also find sections outlining the law relating to level crossings and railway tracks, and information to teach motorists and pedestrians the correct behaviour needed to keep safe.

You can also find out about our latest rail safety awareness campaigns.


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Latest news

Safety Leadership Award Announced

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rail industry safety expert Robert (Bob) Lupton was today announced as the inaugural winner of the TrackSAFE NZ Safety Leadership Award. 

The award was established late last year to recognise significant leadership in railway safety in New Zealand.

Chairman of TrackSAFE NZ Peter Reidy says Mr Lupton received the award for his outstanding contribution to safety over his 32 year career in New Zealand and overseas.

“Mr Lupton’s continued contribution has appreciably influenced rail safety in New Zealand across a number of organisations,” Mr Reidy says.  “He has an outstanding reputation for providing sound advice and growing and supporting those around him and is fully deserving of this special award.”

Mr Lupton has worked in a number of roles in the rail industry throughout his career, most recently as the Rail Systems Safety and Assurance Manager for the City Rail Link project.   

In that role he provided leadership, mentoring and guidance to the City Rail Link safety assurance and construction safety teams.

Among Mr Lupton’s many achievements are leading the development of the Britomart Safety Management System and responsibility for safety management during the transition to Auckland’s electrified network.  This included crashworthiness risk assessments for the new Auckland electric rolling stock.

Mr Lupton is an executive member of the New Zealand National Rail System Standards Executive committee, and continues to provide expert rail safety advice to the City Rail Link one of New Zealand's largest transport projects.

The award was presented today to Mr Lupton at Auckland Transport offices, in front of industry representatives.  Read more

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