Are our train cross­ings safe enough?

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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