Most of us get around in cars, either as drivers or passengers, so you might think rail has little to do with us nowadays. Think again – we all have to go through level crossings and sometimes have to stop and wait for a train. Many students walk or bike to school and some have a railway line between home and school that influences the route they take. In some cities catching a train to school or work is common, and even more rail lines and trains are being built to take people to more places than ever before. Keeping safe around trains is important.
The more people who take trains the safer and less congested our roads will be. Plus, it’s better for our health to get out and about and more sustainable for the planet to stop using cars quite so often.
During Rail Safety Week, look at the serious issues there have been involving trains in New Zealand and find out why rail safety should concern you. On this trip, meet people who are most involved with rail on a day-to-day basis and share your thoughts with them.