Work to improve safety on Ngāruawāhia Rail Bridge ongoing

April 13, 2018

Points replacement work has been done at the Ngaruawahia Rail Bridge. This is a safety measure used across KiwiRail's network.


Work is being done on the Ngāruawāhia Rail Bridge, as part of KiwiRail's ongoing efforts to deter vandalism and increase safety.

In March, an 11-year-old girl was killed after being struck while running to escape an oncoming freight train.
She'd been with a group of friends on the tracks some way along the bridge from the northern end.

Upcoming work will take place on the northern end of the bridge to deter people from walking on the tracks.

Work to repair the frequent damage caused by vandalism at the Ngāruawāhia Rail Bridge is ongoing, a KiwiRail spokesperson said.
The fence around the perimeter of the rail corridor is frequently vandalised and KiwiRail staff have been on site twice in the last month to fill in holes under the fence, the spokesperson said.

KiwiRail is continually repairing damage caused by vandalism at the rail bridge.

"In the first week of April, our contractors repaired a panel which had been damaged where the rail corridor meets the road bridge.

"Further work is expected to take place in the coming weeks on the northern end of the bridge."
The upcoming work will involve extending the fence in an effort to further deter people from accessing the bridge, the spokesperson said.
"KiwiRail is committed to continuing to work closely with the community on solutions for keeping people away from the rail track in Ngāruawāhia.
"Safety of the public and our people is our priority."

At the end of March, track renewal work was carried out near the rail bridge. The points replacement work had been scheduled for some time, the spokesperson said.
"Points are used to guide trains from one track to another.
"In this case, the points are there to guide trains to a turnout, which acts as an extra layer of protection in case of signalling issues."
This work involved replacing an old set of points with a new set.
"This a safety measure used across the network, the spokesperson said.
There have been two other rail deaths in Ngāruawāhia since 2000.
In 2002, nine-year-old Jayden Nerihana Tepu died when he lost his footing on the Ngāruawāhia bridge and was struck by a southbound goods train.
And the year after Timothy Taitimu Rawiri, 24, was killed by a southbound train in Ngāruawāhia. The 24-year-old may have been trying to cross the tracks after drinking.

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