Too Many Crossing Near Misses


Manawatu-Wanganui has had the highest number of level crossing collisions this year, with just under a third of all collisions occurring in that region.

There have been 16 vehicle collisions at level crossings this calendar year, with five of them in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

The next highest regions are Canterbury and Northland, with three collisions each.

Waikato and Auckland had one collision each- but  both had 9 recorded near misses.

There have been a total of 37 near collisions already in 2010 with collisions and/or near collisions in every region in the country.

Former international Cricketer Chris Cairns, now a rail crossing safety campaigner, said it was disturbing to see that the safety messages are obviously still not getting through to some road users..

Morningside level crossing said to be one of Auckland's worst for near misses

Hawkes Bay and Southland have had no reported collisions or near collisions at level crossings to date this year.

There have been no fatalities from vehicle level crossing collisions this year. However one person died at a pedestrian level crossing collision in the Bay of Plenty in April.

Since 2000 there have been 366 collisions between vehicles and trains at level crossings.

Chris Cairns formed his foundation in memory of his sister Louise, who was killed in 1993 when a cement truck failed to stop at a level crossing and collided with the passenger train on which she was travelling.




  1. Anthony says:

    I can’t believe that State Highway One near the Northern Motorway in Christchurch has no barriers, Lighting or curves to slow people down dispite the fact several people had died and many more had got injured. at night time you can’t even see the crossing apart from the “rail road crossing signs”!!

  2. Geoff says:

    You mean at Spye, about 50km north of the motorway? It does seem odd, especially when you consider the speed of trains and traffic there.

  3. Anthony says:

    yes! thats is the one! i dont think chris cairns will like that!


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