Aes­thetic safety so­lu­tion

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A fur­ther step in pre­par­ing Auck­land’s rail net­work for the new elec­tric trains is un­der way with the in­stal­la­tion of safety screens on road and pedes­trian bridges cross­ing the rail net­work around Auck­land.

The yel­low, grey and white screens, de­signed for Ki­wiRail by Adam El­lis of Pollen De­sign, are one of a range of mea­sures be­ing put in place as part of the Auck­land Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Project to en­sure pub­lic safety.

Auck­land Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Project man­ager Ni­cholas French says the over­head wires that will power the new trains will con­duct elec­tric­ity 100 times more pow­er­ful than that used in homes.

‘‘The over­head sys­tem is de­signed to en­sure peo­ple do­ing or­di­nary things near them will be safe, and th­ese screens are a crit­i­cal part of that.’’

There are 87 bridges cross­ing the rail net­work and the screens are be­ing bolted onto the sides of th­ese to en­sure peo­ple do not ac­ci­den­tally come into con­tact with th­ese wires.

Ki­wiRail has worked closely with Auck­land Coun­cil’s pub­lic art team from early on in the pro ject to de­velop the de­sign for the screens, which will be used all around Auck­land.

‘‘Screen­ing of struc­tures else­where in the coun­try has been fit for pur­pose, so we were very pleased to work with the coun­cil to find a more aes­thetic so­lu­tion that still met all the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments for th­ese struc­tures.’’

Ki­wiRail and Auck­land Coun­cil con­sulted with stake­hold­ers and the over­all re­sponse has been very pos­i­tive.

The an­gu­lar as­pect of the mod­u­lar de­sign makes them dif­fi­cult to climb on and they are made of a ma­te­rial that is durable.

Safety first: Auck­land Coun­cil pub­lic arts team project co-or­di­na­tor Kim Marti­nengo dis­cusses the new screens at the Do­min­ion Rd over­bridge with Eden–Al­bert Lo­cal Board mem­ber Gra­ham Easte, Ki­wiRail project man­ager Kevin McCon­nell and con­trac­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lee Ste­wart of Ful­ton Ho­gan.

Crit­i­cal: The screens are de­signed to pro­tect the pub­lic from over­head wires that will power new trains. The wires will con­duct elec­tric­ity 100 times more pow­er­ful than that used in homes.

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