Residents and visitors to Waikanae East can have confidence they’ll be able to access vital services in an emergency following Council’s completion of an emergency rail crossing.
Infrastructure Services officer, Glen O’Connor, says the crossing, which connects the old SH1 with Pehi Kupa Street, will give emergency vehicles another access point over the railway line if the main Elizabeth Street crossing gets blocked.
“A complete blockage of the Elizabeth Street crossing has been unlikely, but if it had occurred, the consequences could have been serious,” he says.
“Now, if the Elizabeth Street crossing gets blocked, the emergency crossing will be opened to give police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services an alternate route to get across the tracks and help anyone in need.”
Mr O’Connor says the NZ Transport Agency contributed 51% of the costs, and this is a big step in the Council’s efforts to boost the District’s resilience in emergencies.
He adds: “Council plays a critical role in ensuring our roading networks, and other vital infrastructure, can continue to function and support the health and safety of our communities in emergencies.”
“We’re pleased to be able to give Waikanae East more assurance they’ll be able to access emergency services in the event of a railway blockage.”