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Pedestrians

Only ever cross the railway at a formed pedestrian crossing or at a designated overpass or underpass.

It is illegal to cross the railway tracks at any point other than an official pedestrian crossing.  Keep to the path and always stop, look and listen for trains.   

Remember to:

  • obey the warning signs at the crossing
  • look for trains both ways up and down the tracks
  • only cross if you are sure there are no trains in sight
  • if lights are flashing or bells ringing, this means a train is approaching
  • if there is a pedestrian swing gate, wait until the gate opens fully before entering the crossing

With modern technology it may be hard to hear a train approaching. 

Always remove your Ipod or mp3 player when near railway tracks and never talk on a cellphone while around railway tracks.

If a train has passed always check that a train is not coming in the opposite direction. Two tracks means there might be a second train.

Not all pedestrian crossings have lights and bells.

At crossings with only signs it is important to always stop and look both ways for trains.  Wait until the train has passed, and check again both ways before crossing the tracks.

Stay alert, to stay safe.


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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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