Safety Advice

Electric Trains

Electric trains run on the passenger lines in Wellington and Auckland.

Wellington has had electric trains for around 70 years, however new electric trains only began running in Auckland in May 2014.  This video was taken at the launch of the new trains. 


Safety around Electric Trains

Electric trains are faster and quieter than diesel-powered trains.

The best way to stay safe around electric trains is to remain focused at all times. 

Look for trains in both directions before crossing the tracks and always wait for the bells and lights to stop before crossing the tracks,

It’s really important to obey the lights and bells at crossings because once a train has passed, another could be coming from the other direction.

For more information about Auckland's new electric trains see the Auckland Transport website here.

Overhead wires

The new electric trains will be powered by overhead wires which also has safety implications. 

These wires carry electrical energy 100 times more powerful than what is used in homes, and the electricity can jump or arc across the air.

This means that people need to stay clear of these wires at all times, and never let anything such as kites or balloons come into contact with them.

Find more information about safety around electric wires here on this site or on the KiwiRail website.

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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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