Rail Safety Week (RSW) is an annual event, planned and coordinated by KiwiRail with support from TrackSAFE NZ. The campaign aims to raise awareness about rail safety and to encourage safe behaviour around trains, railway tracks and level crossings.
The week is supported by NZ Police, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Transdev Auckland, Transdev Wellington, Greater Wellington Regional Council and local councils and organisations throughout New Zealand.
The aim is to reduce ‘near misses’ on railway lines across the country, particularly at level crossings. There were over 400 near misses last year between people and trains or vehicles and trains on railway lines across New Zealand.
Every day a locomotive engineer (train driver) suffers a near miss and every single one of these near misses has an emotional impact. These close calls affect everyone involved, including other rail staff, witnesses, rail commuters, passengers and freight customers, and the pedestrian or motorist who narrowly avoids a collision.