KiwiRail releases footage of horrifying near-misses with trains as Rail Safety Week commences

Shocking footage of near-misses involving trains has been released, in what is just a few of the 300 incidents which happened in New Zealand last year.

Footage supplied by KiwiRail to kick off Rail Safety Week, shows a number of incidents on railroads in New Zealand.

Two of the incidents show people approaching railway crossings before realising at the last split-second that a train is approaching and having to jump back, coming centimetres from being hit.

"These close calls are happening daily and they take a huge toll on our locomotive engineers and everyone involved," KiwiRail Group chief executive Greg Miller said.

He said it is often down to luck that people are not killed.

The safety campaign will be officially launched in Parliament on Monday.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford said there have been too many stories of people getting hurt or killed by trains.

A $26 million investment is being made by the Government to upgrade high-risk level crossings on state highways.