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'Trust Me' Safety Campaign

From Monday 9 May 2016 more passenger trains will be running on Auckland’s Western Line between Britomart and Swanson.

  • During peak times trains will travel in both directions every 10 minutes (12 trains per hour)
  • Between peak times trains will travel in both directions every 20 minutes (6 trains per hour).
  • Off peak (evenings and weekends) trains will travel in both directions every 30 minutes (4 trains per hour).
Freight services will also continue to operate.

Safety Advice for Pedestrians

  • Take extra care and stay alert when crossing the tracks.
  • Remember to always obey the warning signs at the crossing – if lights are flashing or bells are ringing, one or more trains are coming
  • Stop and look for trains both ways up and down the tracks
  • Stay focused.  Take off your headphones and put away your phone when near railway tracks
  • If there’s a pedestrian swing gate, wait until the gate opens fully before crossing.
Don’t assume an approaching train will stop at the station – some trains pass through stations without stopping (freight and not in service trains).

Launch of Safety Campaign

A new safety campaign aimed at raising awareness of safe behaviour at level crossings is being launched by Auckland Transport at the beginning of May. 

This campaign involves safety posters at stations, radio advertising, newspaper advertising, a local mailbox flier drop to affected residents, newsletter articles to all schools near the Western Line and social media promotion.

Safety ambassadors will also be handing out safety information at high usage crossings at peak times prior to the timetable change.

For more information about safe pedestrian behaviour at level crossings click here and here for safety advice for motorists.


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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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