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Kamo shared path takes important steps

 
This page contains information about progress that's been made on the Kamo Shared Pathway.
Updated: 29/05/2018 3:05 p.m.

​Kamo’s shared path is at least two steps closer to opening with pedestrian gates at the path’s Vinery Lane and Whangarei Primary School rail crossings now up and running. 

There had been a delay to opening this section of the path, which serves Whangarei Primary and Whangarei Intermediate schools, when Kiwirail resources were diverted to help with the Kaikoura earthquake that wiped out large sections of railway roughly 18 months ago. 

Work to be completed before a major opening in spring includes a Toucan (signalised pedestrian crossing) where Lovers Lane and Rust Avenue intersect. This should be complete by 30 June. 

KiwiRail is fixing a bulge in the existing dry-stone rock wall between Rust Avenue and Vinery Lane, again due to be done by 30 June. 

The level crossings between Vinery Lane to Cross St (New World) are going now and lights have been installed. This section is open to the public, but some work will continue over the next few weeks to remove temporary fencing. 

The automatic gates at the Manse Street road and rail crossings are working and some asphalting will be completed this week. The first section of path from Manse Street to Dinniss Avenue has been poured. 

In the meantime, Kiwi Rail advises people that the new crossings at Vinery Lane and Cross Street are different than they were, so here are a few pointers. 

Key safety messages are:

  • always expect trains from either direction and at any time
  • look out for trains at all times and obey signs and signals
  • stay off railway tracks and only ever cross the railway at approved railway level crossing points.

When using the gates remember:

  • gates will activate automatically as trains approach
  • warning bells will sound, lights will flash and the gates will close soon after
  • if you have started to cross as the warning bells and lights begin, keep walking to the other side of the crossing (enter the safety zone in front of the emergency exit gate) 
  • once you are in the safety zone push the gate and exit.

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