Safety Advice

Travelling with children

Always take particular care when travelling with children around train platforms and at level crossings.

At Stations

When travelling with young children or babies around train platforms always remember the following safety tips:

  • Position the buggy or stroller at right angles to the platform edge, to minimise the risk of it rolling onto the tracks
  • Securely fasten your child into the buggy before getting on the train
  • If you have taken the child out of the buggy, always keep hold of the child's hand when boarding the train
  • Ask the train guard for assistance with the buggy or stroller if you need it
  • It is a good idea to board the train near to the guard so he/she can see you clearly
  • Be careful of the gap between the platform and the train 

Teach your children about how they can keep themselves safe

  • Discourage them from playing on train platforms
  • Talk to them about the risks of the railway and how they can keep themselves safe around platforms
  • Tell them to always stand well behind the yellow line until the train has come to a complete stop
  • Explain that they should never play on railway tracks because they are out of bounds and very dangerous
  • Remember to tell your children that trains are fast, quiet, and take a long time to stop
  • Never let children play with toys or balls or other play items on a train platform - if toys fall onto the tracks you will not be able to retrieve them.

For more information about teaching children about rail safety in schools, click here.

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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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