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Here are some resources that provide more in-depth information on rail in New Zealand. Some set out the requirements rail operations must meet. Others offer guidance and information. There are publications, manuals, reports and legislation. We've also included rail licence application and accident notification forms.

Forms

TitleDescription
Rail licence application form For people and organisations wanting to apply for rail licences.
NZ Transport Agency rail incident/accident report form To be used when reporting rail accidents or incidents.

Research

The Transport Agency publishes the results of research it has commissioned in the Resources section of our website.

Recent examples that may be of interest include:

ProjectDate published

Research Report 595 Best practice international solutions for mitigating human factor causes of signal passed at danger

This report describes the development and application of a tool to establish a framework for rail participants to explore their current strengths and weaknesses for SPAD risk reduction and to provide the New Zealand Transport Agency with an overview of the rail industry as a whole. The project was commissioned by the New Zealand Transport Agency and undertaken in November 2014 to August 2015 by Interfleet, with input from rail organisations and network access providers, identified as Participant 1, Participant 2 and Participant 3.

August 2016

Research Report 583 International benchmarking of rail safety indicators

The aim of this research topic was to identify a suite of implementable recommendations for the improvement of data collection and for the identification of lead and lag indicators for use in the New Zealand rail environment, based on comparison with appropriate operations in the international rail industry. A draft implementation plan for use by the rail industry is included in this report.

March 2016

Rail Safety newsletters

  • Rail safety update: news update from the NZ Transport Agency rail safety team for the rail industry and safety assessors.

Legislation

Guidelines and manuals

TitleDescription
Rail Safety Regulatory Operating Model [PDF, 227 KB] Describes the principles and approach underpinning the NZ Transport Agency’s rail safety regulatory activities; the key points can be found in the quick guide to the Rail Safety Regulatory Operating Model [PDF, 107 KB].
Rail safety licensing and safety assessment guidelines Key guidelines on the safety management of railways in New Zealand.
Traffic control devices manual, Part 9, Level crossings Guidelines for providing traffic control devices, including signs and markings on the approaches to, and at, railway level crossings on New Zealand roads.
NZ Transport Agency policy concerning the introduction of rail vehicles Guidelines to the process for introducing new rail vehicles to New Zealand.
National Rail System Standards (NRSS) (external link) Latest versions of the NRSS documents on the KiwiRail website.
Design Guidance for Pedestrian & Cycle Rail Crossings (external link)

The Transport Agency and KiwiRail have been leading the development of a new design guide for pedestrian and cycleway treatment at level crossings.  The guide will improve safety, usability, compliance, consistency and will simplify the design process. 

As part of the process, KiwiRail has also developed new Level Crossing Risk Assessment Guidance (external link)

Reports and reviews

TitleDescription
Best practice international solutions for mitigating human factor causes of signal passed at danger This is a tool commissioned by the New Zealand Transport Agency that allows rail participants to explore their strengths and weaknesses for SPAD risk reduction. It is accompanied by a report describing the development and application of the tool. (August 2016)
International benchmarking of rail safety indicators This identifies lead and lag indicators that could be used in the New Zealand rail environment, based on comparison with appropriate operations in the international rail industry. Actions required to implement this benchmarking are discussed. (March 2016)

Statistics

TitleDescription
Rail safety statistics New Zealand rail safety statistics covering rail accident deaths and serious injuries, vehicle collisions, level crossing events, SPAD As (Signals Passed at Danger), derailments, and contextual indicators. Updated six-monthly.

Other resources

TitleDescription
Rail Safety Stakeholder Typologies

The Rail Safety Stakeholder Typologies provide a high level picture of the diverse rail participants in the New Zealand rail industry. They’re a quick overview of some key characteristics of the organisations that the Transport Agency works with in its day-to-day activity of ensuring the safety of rail.

Links to other rail-related websites

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of these websites, which may not always reflect our policy or practice.

CategoryDescription
Railway participants
Railway associations
Central and local government

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