Safety Advice

Rail safety in schools

Learning to stay safe around tracks and trains is as important for children as it is to learn to swim or safely cross roads.

Research tells us that the most effective way for children to learn about safety is for it to be linked to the school curriculum.  There is also evidence to suggest that one-off school visits are not an effective way for students to retain safety messages, nor are the use of shock tactics or fear to invoke a response in students.

TrackSAFE NZ promotes best practice road and rail safety education in schools through the use of curriculum based resources.

What can schools use?

Resources have been developed by the NZ Transport Agency in consultation with a reference group of rail experts, safety professionals and teachers.  They are available for free download on the Transport Agency's education portal here.  The resources were developed by curriculum writer Pam Hook, using SOLO taxonomy to allow students to "dig deep". 

The resources are linked to:

Science- students learn to think like a scientist, exploring the transfer of electrical energy with simple experiments to learn how to keep themselves and others  safe around the electrical energy that moves trains.

English- students will think like a writer and create text designed to persuade their community to act in safe ways around the rail corridor.

Mathematics- students learn to think like a mathematician, for example measuring train stopping distances of high speed trains.

Social sciences - students think like a social scientist about the way people and places interact on the railway in the context of messages about keeping safe

With the rail network part of daily life in many places, teachers can select from the resources to reflect their community setting.

More information about the resources can be found here.

Posters and Handouts

Posters and handouts with rail safety messages are available to download and print from here or you can contact TrackSAFE at for printed copies. (Note we have a small number available for distribution each year)


Safety Presentation

A rail safety slideshow presentation and an online digital storyboard have also been developed by the NZ Transport Agency.

Tracks are for trains 2014 from nztaeducation

Online Digital Storyboard

Rail pedestrian crossing storyboard from nztaeducation


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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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