13 Apr 2013

Level crossing safety levels to be lifted

8:26 pm on 13 April 2013

A community board member who has campaigned for Auckland's railway level crossings to be safer is pleased the council is taking steps to upgrade the network.

A woman was critically injured by a freight train when her wheel chair got stuck on the tracks at Morningside in February.

Auckland Transport will start investigating the costs and benefits of options to improve the safety at all 48 crossings on the rail network in the next few weeks.

A member of the Albert-Eden local board, Graeme Easte, says the report is long overdue but he is pleased the council is taking a step forward.

He says if the council wants to make progress, it will require sufficient funding.

Auckland Council's transport committee will meet on Tuesday.