Rail safety issues and actions

On site and pre-commissioning test phase

Issue number: RO-2009-009-SI-06
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers and signal system designers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2009-009
Date: 20 January 2011

Safety issue description

Where a design involves complex signalling arrangements, it may be beneficial to involve the designing engineer during the final onsite field testing phase as they have the best understanding of the interlocking principles. This places them in a strong position to identify any design omissions or deficiencies that may not have been evident during earlier phases of a project.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2009-009-SAN-028
Date: 20 January 2011
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that the Australian Rail Track Corporation should consider the implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.


Date received: 08 January 2016
Response from: ARTC correspondence with ITSR
Response text:

ITSR notes ARTC's advice on the recommendation.

ITSR have applied a status of recommendation R0-2009-009-SAN-028 is "Closed - Recommendation Rejected".

Current issue status: Not addressed
Status justification:

ATSB safety advisory notice RO-2009-009-SAN-028 to ARTC advises that they should consider implications and take action on this issue.

Last update 31 January 2014