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Rail safety funding boost

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rail safety education has received a boost with the news this week that KiwiRail has extended the Chris Cairns Foundation sponsorship for a further two years.

Foundation Manager Megan Drayton says she is delighted with the sponsorship extension.  “Knowing we have the security of funding for the next two years gives us great scope to continue our work of raising awareness about rail safety in New Zealand.”

Megan says vehicle level crossing collisions have been declining over the past few years, and figures this year are showing even further improvement.  “There have been 7 collisions so far this year whereas there are usually around three level crossing collisions per month,” she says.

However unfortunately there have been 5 collisions with people at pedestrian level crossings this year already. 

Megan says it therefore makes sense that this year’s Rail Safety Week will be specifically targeting pedestrians.

“We’ll be teaching people how to safely cross pedestrian level crossings as well as deterring trespassing.”

Rail Safety Week runs from 13 – 19 August.  The Foundation will again work with KiwiRail on a series of events around the country, which will also involve Police and KiwiRail staff.  

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