Improving public behaviour
around the rail corridor:
A long term approach to harm prevention
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Me...
History
•As long as there has been trains – people
have suffered harm around them
•Statistics have improved since 1900s bu...
Chris Cairns Foundation
•Catalyst for its creation was
Rolleston level crossing collision and
death of Louise Cairns and o...
TrackSAFE Australia
•Created in 2012 based on
Chris Cairns Foundation model
•Initiatives include:
- Level crossing awarene...
TrackSAFE NZ
•CCF becomes TrackSAFE NZ in
2013
•Sponsored by KiwiRail,
NZ Transport Agency and
Transdev Auckland
•MoU sign...
Level crossing collision data
•More than 440 collisions between vehicle and trains in New Zealand
since 2000
•In past ten ...
Level crossing collision data
•Statistics show engineering alone does not always prevent collisions
•75 percent of pedestr...
Progress
•2013 saw lowest
number of level crossing
collisions since the year
2000
•20 percent reduction in
deaths and inju...
Trespassing
• 220 people died from trespassing from 1993 to end of 2013
• Approx 1/3rd
of trespass deaths considered to be...
•Photographers and newspapers use corridor as
backdrop to photo shoots
•Practice is unsafe and illegal
•Publication signal...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Near collisions 2013
•107 reports of near collisions in 2013
•43% were at crossings with flashi...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Trends
•Highest represented group in vehicle collisions are men
aged between 40-59yrs
•2/3rds o...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Rail Safety Education in
Schools
•Approach has changed
•One-off visits not effective
•Evidence ...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
What does work in schools
•Curriculum based learning in the classroom
•“Whole school approach” ...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
New electric trains in
Auckland
•Campaigns continue to raise
awareness of increased risk
•Faste...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Raising awareness
through the media
•TrackSAFE provides neutral
comment on
on collisions
– pres...
New TrackSAFE NZ Website
Worst crossing
campaign – August 14
•To identify worst crossings from
train drivers’ perspective
•Identifying public behav...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
 
Railway heritage and tourist groups
• Improving engagement with 
FRONZ organisations
• Creati...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
Posters for Heritage groups
tracksafefoundation.com.au
 
Rail Safety Award
• Set up in memory of 
Louise Cairns
• $5,000 annual award
• Contribution t...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
 
Engineering and Enforcement
• KiwiRail continues to 
upgrade 8-10 level 
crossings per year
•...
tracksafefoundation.com.au
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Megan Drayton delivered the presentation at the 2014 New Zealand Rail conference.

The 2014 New Zealand Rail conference explored issues that would help to secure the economic development of New Zealand. With a focus on new projects and balanced funding, this event discussed ways to ensure the seamless growth of the next 10 years.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/nzrailconference14

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Megan Drayton - TrackSafe NZ - Opportunities for New Zealand: practical measures we can implement to make NZ railways more sustainable

  1. 1. Improving public behaviour around the rail corridor: A long term approach to harm prevention tracksafefoundation.com.au Megan Drayton TrackSAFE NZ Manager
  2. 2. History •As long as there has been trains – people have suffered harm around them •Statistics have improved since 1900s but incidents still occur •No quick and easy fix. Requires a long term approach – and increased funding •Aiming to change some embedded cultural norms of unsafe behaviour.
  3. 3. Chris Cairns Foundation •Catalyst for its creation was Rolleston level crossing collision and death of Louise Cairns and others •Operated for 7 years •Achieved high brand awareness and respect •Conducted successful awareness raising campaigns
  4. 4. TrackSAFE Australia •Created in 2012 based on Chris Cairns Foundation model •Initiatives include: - Level crossing awareness and education - Rail suicide prevention - Trauma management framework - Nationwide schools’ education programme (primary and secondary)
  5. 5. TrackSAFE NZ •CCF becomes TrackSAFE NZ in 2013 •Sponsored by KiwiRail, NZ Transport Agency and Transdev Auckland •MoU signed with TrackSAFE in Australia •Aims to raise awareness about rail safety and educate the public on safe behaviour •Vision of zero harm
  6. 6. Level crossing collision data •More than 440 collisions between vehicle and trains in New Zealand since 2000 •In past ten years, approximately 11 percent of collisions occurred at crossings with barrier arms •36 percent of collisions were at crossings with flashing lights and bells •50 percent were at crossings with give way or stop signs. Sources: Ministry of Transport KiwiRail NZ Transport Agency Crash Analysis System
  7. 7. Level crossing collision data •Statistics show engineering alone does not always prevent collisions •75 percent of pedestrian lx collisions occurred at crossings with automatic alarms •Collisions at ‘passively protected’ crossings (ie Give Way or Stop signs) must be improved by more education and awareness •People understand the meanings of give way and stop signs – but some are still prepared to break the road rules if no perceived danger or risk of injury or punishment
  8. 8. Progress •2013 saw lowest number of level crossing collisions since the year 2000 •20 percent reduction in deaths and injuries between 2002 and 2006 compared to 2008 and 2012
  9. 9. Trespassing • 220 people died from trespassing from 1993 to end of 2013 • Approx 1/3rd of trespass deaths considered to be suicide • 300 reports of people trespassing in 2013
  10. 10. •Photographers and newspapers use corridor as backdrop to photo shoots •Practice is unsafe and illegal •Publication signals to others that behaviour is acceptable Trespassing
  11. 11. tracksafefoundation.com.au Near collisions 2013 •107 reports of near collisions in 2013 •43% were at crossings with flashing lights and bells •40% were at crossings with half arm barriers
  12. 12. tracksafefoundation.com.au Trends •Highest represented group in vehicle collisions are men aged between 40-59yrs •2/3rds of collisions involve cars or station wagons •15% are vans or utes/7% are trucks •Women over 60yrs are least likely to be in a vehicle collision •Most collisions occur during daylight and in fine weather Source: Crash Analysis System data between 1990 and 2012
  13. 13. tracksafefoundation.com.au Rail Safety Education in Schools •Approach has changed •One-off visits not effective •Evidence that shock tactics don’t work •May increase likelihood of risk-taking behaviour in some groups of youths
  14. 14. tracksafefoundation.com.au What does work in schools •Curriculum based learning in the classroom •“Whole school approach” involving school, whanau/caregivers and community •Rail visit or experience to support learning
  15. 15. tracksafefoundation.com.au New electric trains in Auckland •Campaigns continue to raise awareness of increased risk •Faster and quieter trains •Increased frequency (in time) •Overhead wires – 100 times more powerful than in the home
  16. 16. tracksafefoundation.com.au Raising awareness through the media •TrackSAFE provides neutral comment on on collisions – press/radio/TV •Growing use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube •New TrackSAFE NZ website – www.tracksafe.co.nz •Rail Safety Week – major annual awareness raising event
  17. 17. New TrackSAFE NZ Website
  18. 18. Worst crossing campaign – August 14 •To identify worst crossings from train drivers’ perspective •Identifying public behaviour, or other environmental matters at the crossing •To compare findings with crossings on upgrade list – possible sites for road signs •Use results for publicity purposes during Rail Safety Week
  19. 19. tracksafefoundation.com.au   Railway heritage and tourist groups • Improving engagement with  FRONZ organisations • Creating public rail safety  awareness through 86  heritage and tourist  operations nationwide • Encourage them to champion  rail safety in their own  communities • Improve our communication  with these groups and involve   them in activities
  20. 20. tracksafefoundation.com.au Posters for Heritage groups
  21. 21. tracksafefoundation.com.au   Rail Safety Award • Set up in memory of  Louise Cairns • $5,000 annual award • Contribution to  rail safety improvement • Individuals, organisations,  or schools • Criteria for 2015  award on website from  mid- July  
  22. 22. tracksafefoundation.com.au   Engineering and Enforcement • KiwiRail continues to  upgrade 8-10 level  crossings per year • Currently 63 vehicle  crossings and 110  pedestrian crossings on the  list to be upgraded using  the ALCAM model • Police continue to put  effort into enforcement – issuing warnings and fines  for level crossing and  trespass offences
  23. 23. tracksafefoundation.com.au Thank you for viewing this  presentation.
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