Rail safety issues and actions

Inconsistency in Track Occupancy Authority procedure

Issue number: RO-2010-004-SI-03
Who it affects: Train operations and track maintenance organisations
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-004
Issue release date: 20 April 2012
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

ARTC advised of processes to address the issue

Safety issue description

The ARTC procedure ANPR-701 (Using a Track Occupancy Authority) was inconsistent in that it did not allow for a scenario that would otherwise be permitted, and intended, under rule ANWT-304 (Track Occupancy Authority).

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2010-004-NSA-019
Action organisation: ARTC
Date: 20 April 2012
Action status: Closed
The ARTC has trained its employees in this particular scenario and will review the procedure to ensure that it is consistent with the training and the TOA Form.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the Australian Rail Track Corporation has initiated action to address this safety issue.
Last update 29 January 2014