There are around 2,800 road level crossings in New Zealand. Almost half are public level crossings maintained by KiwiRail.
They are protected in one of three ways: by half-arm barriers, flashing lights and bells; by flashing lights and bells; or by Give Way or Stop signs. The remainder are private level crossings located on private land.
There are around 120 stand-alone public pedestrian level crossings. They are protected by automatic gates or barriers, or flashing signs or flashing lights plus bells.
KiwiRail has agreed the following standards for public level crossings with the New Zealand Transport Agency:
This includes delays in barriers opening or closing, damaged property or obscured signs.