26 Apr 2014

Alertness urged for quiet electric trains

6:02 am on 26 April 2014

Aucklanders are being warned they need to take extra care at level crossings with the launch of new electric trains this weekend.

One of the first new three-car units at the Wiri depot.

One of the first new three-car units at the Wiri depot. Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

Electric trains will run along the Onehunga branch line with more being added over the next 18 months as 57 new three-car units are to be brought into service.

Tracksafe manager Megan Drayton said electric trains are much quieter and people need to be even more alert.

She also said people should always remove their headphones when nearing a level crossing or walking anywhere near railway tracks.