Most people are familiar with public level crossings. These are places where our rail line crosses public land (e.g. a public road).
Private level crossings are places where our rail line crosses private land. There are a large number of private level crossings in New Zealand, particularly in rural areas.
If you buy a property with a private level crossing across our tracks, you must apply for a grant, which provides a legal right to use the crossing. A grant is a personal right so does not transfer from the previous owner.
To enquire about a private level crossing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that:
New level crossings
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).