Auckland Transport and Kiwi Rail are working together to install automatic safety swing gates to keep pedestrians safe at various stations across the city.
Project status: Construction
Project zone: Region-wide
Automatic safety swing gates are being installed at various locations across the city.
The pedestrian crossing at Metcalf Road in Ranui was the to get the safety swing gates and will be followed by the crossings at Asquith Avenue and Rossgrove Terrace (Baldwin Avenue Station), Fruitvale Road Station and the crossings at Woodward Road and Lloyd Avenue (Mount Albert Station).
The gates are activated by a sensor on the tracks and have a safety zone with an emergency exit gate. When a train approaches these pedestrian level crossings, the bells sound, red alarm lights flash on and off and the crossing gates close automatically.
- Keeps people safely off the rail corridor.
- Reduce the number of train strike related accidents.
Phase 1 - completed
- April 2019 – install complete St. George Road, Avondale.
- March 2019 – install complete Portage Road, New Lynn.
- January 2019 – install complete St. Judes, Avondale.
- December 2018 – install complete Chalmers Street, Avondale.
- July 2018 - install complete Fruitvale Road, New Lynn
- June 2018 - install complete Baldwin Avenue, Asquith Ave and Rossgrove Terrace, Mt Albert.
- May-June 2018 - install complete Mount Albert station, Woodward Road and Lloyd Avenue.
Phase 2 starting April - December 2019
- As part of the rail safety programme automatic safety gates will be installed at Te Mahia, Takaanini, Taka Street, Manaroa Road, Walters Road, Tironui Road (Takaanini) and Glen Innes station.
- Auckland Transport is gating several pedestrian level crossing across train tracks at Baldwin Avenue, Mount Albert and Fruitvale Road Stations.
- The project aims to improve safety for pedestrians, especially school children who cross over the tracks regularly.
- The new pedestrian safety swing gates railway crossings are activated by a sensor on the tracks and have a safety zone with an emergency exit gate.
- When a train is approaching, the bells sound, red alarms lights come on and the crossing gate will automatically close.
- Pedestrians are advised to stay behind the swing gate and wait it is fully open before crossing.
- When pedestrians have started to cross and the gates start closing, they can:
- Continue crossing the tracks to the other side and wait in the safe zone,
- Return to the safe zone that they entered.
- Once pedestrians are in the safety zone (on the other side), they can push the emergency exit gate to walk through.
Rail Crossing Programme
|COMPLETED||NEW GATES (STARTING APRIL 2019)|
|Metcalf Road, Ranui||Te Mahia Station|
|Glenview Road, Glen Eden||Spartan Road, Takaanini|
|Asquith Avenue, Mt Albert||Takaanini Station|
|Rossgrove Terrace, Mt Albert||Taka Street, Takaanini|
|Woodward Road, Mt Albert||Manaroa Road, Takaanini|
|Fruitvale Road, New Lynn||Walters Road, Takaanini|
|Chalmers Street, Avondale||Tironui Crossing, Takaanini|
|St Jude Road, Avondale||Glen Innes Station|
|Portage Road, New Lynn|
|St George Road, Avondale|
Staying Safe at Railway Crossings
Using your safety swing gates:
- Gates will activate automatically as trains are approaching.
- Warning bells will sound, lights will flash, and the gate will close soon after.
- If you have started to cross as the alarm and flashing lights begin, keep walking to the other side of the crossing. Enter the safety zone in front of the emergency exit gate.
- Once you are in the safety zone, push the release button to open the gate and exit safely. If there is no button, simply push open the gate and exit.