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Rail safety activities in New Zealand and around the world follow a three-tier approach:

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement

By focusing our efforts on these three areas, we aim to reduce the number of rail-related incidents in New Zealand.

TrackSAFE aims to reduce safety incidents on the railway by educating the public and raising awareness about the issues.

Education

  • Advertising
  • Publicity and media relations
  • Awareness-raising events and campaigns
  • Providing best practice safety education advice to schools and the rail industry
  • Publication and display of rail safety pamphlets and brochures

Engineering

Currently KiwiRail upgrades around eight level crossings a year. A number of other low cost engineering solutions are currently being trialled in New Zealand.

Enforcement

Railway organisations and the NZ Police work together collaboratively to help ensure that the appropriate warnings or prosecution is taken against those who fail to obey the laws around level crossings in New Zealand. More information about the laws relating to level crossings and trespassing are on this website.

A near collision can either be at a level crossing or elsewhere on the railway tracks.

 


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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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