Level crossings are recognised internationally as introducing risk into the rail and road/pathway networks.
KiwiRail regards safety as paramount, and endeavours to reduce the number of level crossings in New Zealand through closure and grade separation to make roads safer.
When a new crossing is requested or required, KiwiRail’s preference is for it to be grade separated (above or below the level of the rail network, such as a bridge or tunnel).
In all cases a new crossing (in whatever form) must meet all safety, technical, and railway operational requirements and legal requirements, and must not constrain the current and future use of the rail corridor for rail.
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