New safety mes­sage


A Tawa rail­way cross­ing is about to be­come one of the safest in the coun­try, with Ki­wiRail an­nounc­ing that it will be the first site to have voice mes­sage units in­stalled.

The sys­tem, to be in­stalled at the Collins Av­enue cross­ing, aims to re­duce the like­li­hood of a pedes­trian walk­ing out in front of a sec­ond train just af­ter a first one has passed.

A voice mes­sage will be ac­ti­vated to warn them that an­other train is ap­proach­ing.

Ki­wiRail level cross­ing en­gi­neer Ed­die Cook said pedes­tri­ans of­ten didn’t re­alise that af­ter one train had passed, an­other might be ap­proach­ing from the other di­rec­tion.

This sys­tem was a way for the com­pany to in­crease safety, he said.

The cross­ing had been cho­sen as the first in­stal­la­tion place for the tech­nol­ogy, be­cause it al­ready had a sec­ond train de­tec­tion sys­tem.

Cur­rently, two hoot­ers sound and a vis­ual dis­play unit ad­vises pedes­tri­ans that a sec­ond train is ap­proach­ing.

Once the sys­tem had been up and run­ning for a while it would be eval­u­ated and hope­fully in­stalled across the coun­try, Cook said.

Ki­wiRail spokesman Si­mon Kil­roy said they had also taken into ac­count the large vol­ume of pedes­tri­ans as well as metro, freight and long-dis­tance pas­sen­ger trains that go through Tawa.

Track­SAFE NZ Foun­da­tion man­ager Me­gan Dray­ton was pleased with the de­vel­op­ment.

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