Improved safety for pedestrians at St Georges Road, Avondale

Last Updated : 12 Apr 2019
Improved safety for pedestrians at St George Road, Avondale

New pedestrian gates in Avondale are making it safer for pedestrians, especially school children. The automatic safety swing gates stop people entering the tracks when a train is near.

They began operating at St Georges Road, Avondale over the weekend. These gates are already working at ten other high-risk rail crossings on the Western Line.

Looking ahead, additional safety will be installed at Te Mahia, Takaanani, Taka Street, Manaroa Road, Walters Road, Tironui Road (Takaanini) and Glen Innes stations.

Auckland Transport’s Group Manager Metro Services, Stacey Van Der Putten says, “There have been too many tragedies at rail crossings. These 18 safety gates across central, west and south Auckland will make crossing the train tracks safer for kids, commuters, and all pedestrians.”

Whau Local Board Chair Tracy Mulholland says “Improving safety at rail crossings is vital, especially in high growth areas such as Avondale where more people will use the crossings.

"Improving the school route for children in the area is another step towards creating better, safer links to the towns and services in the area and with the rest of Auckland.”

Improving safety at rail crossings is a joint commitment between AT and Kiwirail to improve customer experience, increase security and keep all pedestrians safe at rail crossings.

Rail Crossing Programme


New Gates (Starting April 2019)

Metcalf Rd, Ranui

Te Mahia Station

Glenview Rd, Glen Eden

Spartan Road, Takaanini

Asquith Ave, Mt Albert

Takaanini Station

Rossgrove Tce, Mt Albert

Taka Street, Takaanini

Woodward Rd, Mt Albert

Manaroa Rd, Takaanini

Fruitvale Rd, New Lynn

Walters Road, Takaanini

Chalmers St, Avondale

Tironui Crossing, Takaanini

St Jude Rd, Avondale

Glen Innes Station

Portage Rd, New Lynn


St Georges Rd, Avondale



Project Details

  • When a train approaches, bells sound, red lights flash and the crossing gates automatically close.
  • Pedestrians are advised to stay behind the swing gate and wait until it is fully open before crossing.
  • When pedestrians have started to cross, and the gates start closing, they can return to the safe zone.
  • Once pedestrians are in the safe zone (on the other side), they can push the emergency exit gate to walk through.

For more information on the electronic ticketing gates visit

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