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May 26, 2016

Transdev Auckland celebrates rail safety success

Auckland passenger rail service provider, Transdev Auckland, was celebrating at SKYCITY last night after winning ‘best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation’ at the New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2016.

Transdev Auckland won the competitive category for its operational safety record, which has improved by 63% since 2013 thanks to the efforts of its staff, collaboration with the Rail & Maritime Transport Union in Auckland and investment from Auckland Transport.

During this time, services have increased by 38% and an entire new fleet of 57 electric multiple unit (EMU) trains introduced across the passenger rail network. Transdev Auckland operated 137,638 services and travelled 3,635,675 km across the city in 2015, with services on the Western Line increasing by a further 50% since 8 May 2016 to meet growing demand.

While patronage continues to grow – 16.2 million annual passenger journeys as at April 2016 – Transdev Auckland remains 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.

Martin Kearney, Transdev Auckland Managing Director, said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority, so to be recognised by our peers for all the work we do in this area is a great achievement for our whole team.

“With Auckland’s growing population and increasing demands on public transport I’m proud that Transdev Auckland staff are helping make the city’s rail network a safer place for the growing number of people who are becoming ever-more reliant on rail to navigate our city.”

The New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2016, which began in 2005, are organised by Safeguard magazine and supported by WorkSafe New Zealand. The awards are judged by a panel of five representing WorkSafe, ACC, NZ Council of Trade Unions, Safeguard and an industry health and safety practitioner.

A total of 15 awards were presented at a gala dinner at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland on 25 May, where an audience of more than 500 celebrated the achievements of a wide variety of successful health and safety initiatives. A full list of winners can be found here.

Pictured (from left to right): Transdev Auckland’s Chris Leigh, Andy Strivens, Sally Husband, Michel Ladrak, Martin Kearney (Managing Director, holding award), William Staniland, John MacIver and Bill Sweeney receive the ‘best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation’ award from Cliff Hastings of category sponsor, Impac.