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Trains to run on Castlecliff line again

Thursday, May 05, 2011

KiwiRail freight services resume along part of the Castlecliff branch line in Wanganui this week.

KiwiRail Network general manager Rick van Barneveld said the rail track, which runs alongside Taupo Quay and Heads Road from Cobham Bridge to the Open Country Dairy site in Castlecliff, will be operational for freight trains to run from May 5.

“We’re delighted to provide a new service for a freight customer.”

He said KiwiRail has worked closely with the Wanganui District Council to ensure that the resumption of trains on the line worked well, including ensuring visibility along the tracks. Mr van Barneveld said rail safety was extremely important to KiwiRail.

“Trains will be running regularly along this line now, and it is vital that people treat the crossings with care. Trains are heavy and run on rails - they cannot stop quickly or swerve to avoid collisions.

People need to take care, observe the road rules so that they come to a stop at crossings, and make sure there are no trains before they start to cross the tracks.”

Initial plans are to run four trains daily on weekdays, with additional services as demand requires.

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Every year in New Zealand people are injured or die in preventable incidents at level crossings. There are around 2600 level crossings in New Zealand and collisions with trains result in around 3 deaths and 14 serious injuries on average each year. 

There are around 22 level crossing collisions per year, and more than 52 per cent of these collisions occur at level crossings with active protection (barrier arms and/or flashing lights and bells).

Every year there are also hundreds of near collisions reported by train drivers.  Recent research in New Zealand has shown that distraction, complacency and impatience are the key causes of level crossing collisions in our country.

TrackSAFE is proud to be part of the global community of organisations working to raise awareness about rail safety at level crossings.  

We are delighted to support and deliver the ILCAD campaign here “Downunder” and while we may be many thousands of miles away from other ILCAD organisations, the human behaviours at level crossings in New Zealand are almost identical to those in every other country in the world. 

We are united by a common desire to promote safe behaviours and we wish all ILCAD participants the very best for a successful awareness campaign around the globe.

   Mr Peter Reidy
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ILCAD 15 Launches in NZ

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

TrackSAFE Foundation New Zealand is pleased to support International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on 3 June 2015, with the theme “take your time, don’t risk your life”. 

Every year in New Zealand people are injured or die in preventable incidents at level crossings. There are around 2600 level crossings in New Zealand and collisions with trains result in around 3 deaths and 14 serious injuries on average each year. 

There are around 22 level crossing collisions per year, and more than 52 per cent of these collisions occur at level crossings with active protection (barrier arms and/or flashing lights and bells).

Every year there are also hundreds of near collisions reported by train drivers.  Recent research in New Zealand has shown that distraction, complacency and impatience are the key causes of level crossing collisions in our country.

TrackSAFE is proud to be part of the global community of organisations working to raise awareness about rail safety at level crossings.  

We are delighted to support and deliver the ILCAD campaign here “Downunder” and while we may be many thousands of miles away from other ILCAD organisations, the human behaviours at level crossings in New Zealand are almost identical to those in every other country in the world. 

We are united by a common desire to promote safe behaviours and we wish all ILCAD participants the very best for a successful awareness campaign around the globe.

   Mr Peter Reidy
   Chairman, TrackSAFE NZ
   Chief Executive, KiwiRail  Read more

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