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Rail Safety Week

Rail Safety Week (RSW) is an annual event, planned and coordinated by KiwiRail with support from TrackSAFE NZ. The campaign aims to raise awareness about rail safety and to encourage safe behaviour around trains, railway tracks and level crossings. 
The week is supported by NZ Police, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Transdev Auckland, Transdev Wellington, Greater Wellington Regional Council and local councils and organisations throughout New Zealand. 

The aim is to reduce ‘near misses’ on railway lines across the country, particularly at level crossings.  There were over 400 near misses last year between people and trains or vehicles and trains on railway lines across New Zealand.

Every day a locomotive engineer (train driver) suffers a near miss and every single one of these near misses has an emotional impact. These close calls affect everyone involved, including other rail staff, witnesses, rail commuters, passengers and freight customers, and the pedestrian or motorist who narrowly avoids a collision.

Near misses with trains can be reduced if people act safely.

Campaign approach

Rather than preaching or trying to scare people into changing their behaviour, we want to deliver a serious message in an optimistic, memorable way.

Campaign theme

Every near miss has an impact

Installations: Near Miss Memorials

With the support of our transport and road safety partners, we have installed ‘near miss memorials’ around the country.

These are installed at locations of known near misses between people and trains or vehicles and trains, in a mix of urban and rural locations. (See below)

The ‘near miss memorials’ acknowledge the hundreds of New Zealanders who have narrowly avoided a serious or fatal collision on the railway tracks.

Memorials in busy pedestrian areas are interactive. People can scan a QR code to go to a video clip showing footage of a real near miss.

For more information about the campaign and to view the near miss memorials and campaign launch video, please head to


Broadway, Matamata
Grey Street, Hamilton

Bay of Plenty
Cross Road, Tauranga
Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
Pah Road, Te Puke
SH2, Paengaroa
Collins Lane, Te Puke

SH 30 (outskirts of Kawerau)

Hawke’s Bay
Napier Port Crossing

Egmont Road, Normanby

Queen Street, Levin

Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
Waikanae Station
Pukerua Bay
Collins Ave, Tawa
Epuni pedestrian crossing, Lower Hutt
Woodside Road, Wairarapa
Wellington Station

Ferry Road, Spring Creek
Main Street, Blenheim

West Coast
Mawhera Quay, Greymouth
Hampden Street, Hokitika

Curries Road, Christchurch
Ensors Road, Christchurch
Matai Street, Christchurch
Lincoln Road, Christchurch
Heaton Street, Timaru
Smithfield works crossing, Timaru

St Andrew Street, Dunedin
Wickliffe Street shared path, Dunedin
Ravensbourne Yacht Club shared path

Kekeno Place, Invercargill
Spey Street, Invercargill

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