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August 15, 2016

Auckland school kids help spread the rail safety message

Pupils from Auckland’s Fruitvale Primary School helped launch Rail Safety Week today, an event that signals a decade of promoting safety at level crossings and across the national rail network.

Auckland’s passenger rail operator Transdev Auckland, in partnership with Auckland Transport, KiwiRail, TrackSAFE and NZ Police, is proud to support RSW 2016 and urges people to expect trains, any time, from either direction.

Earlier today Transdev Auckland Managing Director, Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer, Michel Ladrak, and General Manager Safety and Assurance, John MacIver attended today’s launch in Wellington hosted by Transport Minister, Hon. Simon Bridges.

“Rail Safety Week is critical to raising rail safety awareness, and this year’s campaign underlines the importance of vigilance at level crossings and stations at all times,” says Martin.

”With a record 17 million passenger journeys this year on the Auckland metro network and increased service frequency, every care must be taken to follow all safety warnings to assess when it’s safe to use a level crossing.”

The pupils joined the Transdev Auckland team at their local train station – Fruitvale Road – this afternoon to talk with passengers and level crossing users, many of whom attend local schools, to reinforce the message that trains can approach the level crossing from both directions and to always wait for all alarms to stop before crossing.

Transdev Auckland will continue to lead a series of community awareness events with key rail safety partners on the Western line at Baldwin Avenue (16 August) and Sturges Road (18 August) stations, from 3pm – 4.30pm.

For further information about Rail Safety Week, see www.tracksafe.co.nz

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