Are our train crossings safe enough?
TrackSAFE has asked Tawa’s young people to be extra careful on level crossings after a child rode their bike in front of a train.
Over on Neighbourly we asked if you thought Tawa’s Redwood crossing - where it happened- was safe enough and the responses rolled in.
It seems most people think safety measures and personal responsibility go hand in hand.
ERROLL JACOBSEN FROM TAWA
Why are the crossings to blame?
Trains are big and loud,what is wrong with the basic rule of looking carefully both ways and listening?It’s not rocket science!
RICHARD VOOGD FROM CANNONS CREEK
Not sure if it’s still there but Linden used to have a ‘‘second train coming’’ sign and alarm.
It almost looks like it might be useful to have one here, too.
Then again, if the barriers are down, lights are flashing, and audio alarm going, the kid should be waiting to see if the way is clear.
TANIA PECK FROM CANNONS CREEK
A few years ago a little boy got killed by a train in Linden. What they don’t realise and what I soon learned is that a slow ‘ding ding ding’ means one train and a fast ‘ding ding ding’ means two trains.
Maybe a barrier should be in place that goes down like the car ones and doesn’t return back up till trains gone.
KARLA GREENE FROM TAWA
We don’t need more signs. We need people to be alert and follow the current rules!
If the barriers down, don’t cross. If the lights are going, don’t cross.
Look both ways no matter what (incase barriers and signs are not working) and don’t move until the lights have finished flashing and barriers are fully upright. Simple stuff really.
WILFRID ROBINSON FROM TAWA
This crossing can be a tough one - I’ve near-missed on foot before (not as close as this picture though) wanting to get across the tracks to catch the train that has just gone through and not realising there is a second train approaching from the opposite direction.
Perhaps a second train coming siren/alarm may help?
MARK ROCHE FROM PLIMMERTON
Too much time and money being spent trying to keep everyone safe from everything.
Maybe we should just put pillows on the front of trains and wrap everyone under the age of 80 in 19 layers of spongy cotton wool. Problem solved.
ANNA SCOTT FROM TAWA
The two trains in both directions is a real issue and Redwood crossing is a real issue especially when lots of school kids use it. More warning systems like at Linden crossing would be beneficial even gates to stop these near misses being a death.
ERROLL JACOBSEN FROM TAWA
Trains are big and loud,what is wrong with the basic rule of looking carefully both ways and listening?
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A train at Redwood crossing in Tawa, Wellington.