Tracking progress for Rail Safety Week

  • Hon Phil Twyford

Eighteen automatic safety gates have been installed in Auckland since the start of 2018 to keep commuters and pedestrians safe, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week.

Auckland Transport and KiwiRail will install 15 more sets of gates on the South and West Auckland lines by mid-2020.

Phil Twyford said safety is the Government’s top transport priority.

“There have been too many stories of people getting hurt or killed by trains in Auckland. Improving the safety at rail crossings is an important way to stop kids getting hurt or killed when they’re getting around.

“We know that installing automatic gates at rail crossings saves lives. Since the introduction of automatic pedestrian gates at the site where Keenan Matthes was tragically killed in 2017, there have been no further reported near misses.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the Matthes family for their advocacy. Together we’re trying to make sure that no other family experiences the same heartbreak.

“This work is especially important given there are newer, quieter trains running more frequently, meaning more chances for accidents. There were 415 near misses recorded on railway lines across New Zealand last year – any of them could have resulted in a tragedy.

“Installing safety gates at level crossings is a crucial part of improving safety around rail tracks. We also need to teach people how to be careful around trains – that’s what Rail Safety Week is about,” said Phil Twyford.

The Government is also investing $26 million to upgrade the highest risk level crossings on state highways through the Safe Network Programme.

Notes to editor:

Rail Safety Week runs from 12 – 18 August 2019.

This year’s Rail Safety Week Campaign features “near miss memorials” at key level crossings to raise awareness about the risks of unsafe behaviour.

More information about the Rail Safety Week campaign is available at:

Automatic pedestrian gates are activated by a sensor on the tracks and have a safety zone with a locked emergency exit gate. When a train approaches these pedestrian level crossings, the bells sound, red alarm lights flash on and off and the crossing gates close automatically.

Completed or partially completed
Level Crossing Suburb Status
Metcalfe Road Ranui Complete
Glenview Road Glen Eden Complete
Rossgrove Terrace Mt. Albert Complete
Asquith Avenue Mt. Albert Complete
Fruitvale Road New Lynn Complete
Woodward Road Mt. Albert Complete
Lloyd Avenue Mt. Albert Complete
St. Jude Street Avondale Complete
St. Georges Road Avondale Complete
Chalmers Street Avondale Complete
Portage Road New Lynn Complete
Walters Road Takanini Complete
Takanini Station Takanini Complete
Taka Street Takanini Partially Complete
Manuroa Road Takanini Complete
Tironui Takanini Complete
Spartan Road Takanini Complete
Te Mahia Manurewa Complete
Glen Innes (Down Main) Glen Innes Complete
Will be installed
Level Crossing Suburb Planned Improvements
Bruce McLaren Road Henderson Automatic gates
George Street Mt Eden Automatic gates
Church Street East Penrose Automatic gates
Mt Lebanon Lane Henderson Automatic gates
Corban’s Henderson Automatic gates
O'Neil's Road Swanson Automatic gates
Captain Springs Road Onehunga Automatic gates
Mays Road Onehunga Automatic gates
Church Street Onehunga Automatic gates
Maurice Road Ped Penrose Automatic gates
Sherrybrooke Place Henderson Automatic gates
Victoria Street Onehunga Automatic gates
Alfred Street Onehunga Automatic gates
Galway Street Onehunga Automatic gates