KiwiRail ups protection levels at Invercargill level crossing

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

KiwiRail has upgraded the level of protection at the level crossing at Fox Street, in Invercargill.

KiwiRail Network general manager Rick van Barneveld said today that new flashing light and bell alarms were commissioned at Fox Street, Invercargill (at the 1.15 km point on the Ohai Industrial Line) earlier this week, on Tuesday, 12 July 2011.  

The crossing had previously been protected by “give-way” signs.

Mr van Barneveld said road traffic has increased substantially at Fox Street over recent years, as a consequence of the development of a nearby industrial park.

This meant that the crossing had a higher volume of traffic and needed extra protection.

Kiwirail has a programme of upgrading the levels of protection at the approximately 1400 level crossings throughout New Zealand.

The priority for upgrade is assessed against a number of criteria, including traffic volumes (both road and rail) and the number of accidents at the site.

The most recent collision at the Fox Street crossing in Invercargill was a non-injury incident in 1997.

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