This page provides information about rail safety in New Zealand with a focus on level crossing collisions.

Level crossing accidents

The table below shows the number of collisions at level crossings between trains and motor vehicles that result in death or injury. The table also shows the number of people killed or injured in those collisions. This information is derived from the NZ Transport Agency's crash analysis system (CAS) which holds records of police reported information.

Crashes and casualties for level crossing collisions between trains and motor vehicles
Year Crashes  Casualties  
  Total Fatal Deaths Serious Minor
2000 14 3 4 7 8
2001 16 4 4 0 18
2002 14 6 6 4 7
2003 16 3 3 10 7
2004 21 7 8 7 11
2005 21 4 4 8 14
2006 7 2 2 6 1
2007 15 3 5 6 13
2008 10 1 1 5 8
2009 12 3 4 8 6
2010 8 0 0 4 7
2011 10 2 2 5 8
2012 14 2 2 4 10
2013 10 2 2 10 2
2014 13 4 5 3 8
2015  5 0  0 1 5

The following table shows the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed and injured at level crossings. This information is based on rail occurrence reports provided by rail operators.

Numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed and injured at level crossings
Year Pedestrian level crossing casualties Pedal cyclist level crossing casualties
  Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries
2000 1 1 0 0
2001 1 0 0 0
2002 2 0 0 1
2003 2 1 0 1
2004 4 0 0 1
2005 3 0 0 0
2006 2 0 0 0
2007 1 0 0 0
2008 1 2 0 0
2009 0 0 0 0
2010 1 0 0 1
2011 0 0 0 0
2012 4 1 0 2
2013 3 1 0 0
2014 0 3 0 1
2015 3 0 0 0

Download time series of casualties from rail incidents.

This spreadsheet includes the number of people killed or injured in rail incidents that are not at level crossings.

Rail incident casualties, time series [XLSX, 13 KB]

Other rail safety statistics

Up until 2015 the Ministry produced a series of six-monthly publications based on rail occurence reports provided by rail operators. These reports cover a wide range of occurrences including both accidents (events that caused death, injury, or significant property damage) and incidents (events that placed, or could have placed someone or something at risk of death, injury or significant property damage). Only a relatively small number of reported occurrences result in injury. The less serious occurrences are useful for identifying potential safety issues.

The Ministry no longer collects information for non-injury incidents so has discontinued this series of publications.

Download 6 monthly rail incident publications here:

Latest report

PDF
Excel spreadsheet

Previous reports

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010