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Vigilance control

Issue number: RO-2011-002-SI-02
Who it affects: All rail operators
Issue owner: Rail Commissioner SA
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-002
Date: 11 October 2011

Safety issue description

As a defence against driver error Public Transport Services provide their railcars with a vigilance system comprising a deadman’s control and an Automatic Warning System. However, the current system does not protect against ‘Starting against Signal’ SPAD events as occurred at Adelaide Station.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Rail Commissioner SA
Action number: RO-2011-002-NSA-002
Date: 11 October 2011
Action status: Closed
Public Transport Services has advised that the following action is proposed with respect to Adelaide metropolitan rail system. The South Australian State Government has recently announced that an ‘automated train protection system’ will be provided across the metropolitan rail network to protect against driver error as part of its ‘Rail Revitalisation Project’.

ATSB response:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action proposed by Public Transport Services will adequately address the safety issue.
   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action proposed by Public Transport Services adequately addresses the safety issue.

 
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Last update 31 January 2014