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.