Seaway Terrace and Ngatai Road walkway closure
01 April 2015 3:03PM
KiwiRail and the Tauranga City Council are working together to close off a walkway to an informal level crossing between Seaway Terrace and Ngatai Road in mid-April, due to safety concerns.
Both agencies are concerned at the lack of visibility at this location and are asking local residents to instead use alternative safer options nearby - the road overbridge at Otumoetai Road and a crossing at Bureta Road.
KiwiRail Security and Corridor Manager Frazer Tweedie says with the increase in trains coming through to the Port of Tauranga (POT) the walkway presents a serious issue.
“Safety is KiwiRail’s priority and we want everyone to be safe on the rail network. There is an increase in the number and length of trains using this line and this will no doubt keep increasing as the POT grows. Trains are heavy and take a long time to stop and at this location there is not good visibility.”
Tauranga City Council Manager Transportation & Solid Waste Martin Parkes agrees that the walkway should be closed as soon as possible.
“It is not a safe place to cross the tracks. Our view is that it is better to close the walkway now before a tragedy occurs. There are safer alternatives nearby.”
The two organisations reviewed and assessed the area and a survey revealed that the usage of the walkway was very low with an average on nine people using it per day over a three-week period.
A fence will be built along the rail corridor boundary and signage erected to advise community of the changed situation. We expect this to happen on or around 13 April.
KiwiRail and the Tauranga City Council urge people to think about their own behaviour and safety on the rail network and remind people that crossing over unprotected railway tracks can have fatal consequences.
This press release was distributed by KiwiRail and the Tauranga City Council.
For more information please contact:
KiwiRail media phone on 04 498 2038.
Tauranga City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 577 7000.