Transdev Auckland was celebrating today following news that the organisation had been shortlisted as a finalist in the New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2016.
Since 2013, Transdev’s Signal Passed At Danger (SPAD) reduction strategy has seen a 63% reduction in SPAD incidents thanks to the efforts of its staff and collaboration with the Rail & Maritime Transport Union in Auckland.
Transdev will be up against fellow finalists Fulton Hogan and Northpower in the ‘best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation’ category when the winner is announced at the Sky City gala dinner on 25 May.
Auckland gains a new resident every 20 minutes; by 2041 the city will be home to an extra 700,000. Traffic congestion will reduce road travel speeds to 7kph within the next five years, thereby increasing demand for, and reliance on, the passenger rail network.
Transdev operated 137,638 services in 2015, travelling 3,635,675 km across Auckland. Since its SPAD reduction strategy began in 2013, services have increased by 38%, and a fleet of 57 new electric trains across the entire network was implemented.
In 2016, Transdev delivered a record 16 million passenger journeys while remaining firmly focussed on safety-critical strategies and initiatives to reduce risk to staff and customers. The results demonstrate world-class thinking and delivery against these strategies.
A 50% service increase is planned on the Western Line to meet growing demand, the first step in delivering Auckland Transport’s City Rail Link project which will transform Britomart into a through station, increasing volume and efficiency of passenger movement.
Despite increases in service delivery and the huge demands of a city-wide electrification project, Transdev helps make the Auckland network a safer place for the 1.5 million Aucklanders who are becoming ever-more reliant on rail to navigate their city.