Rail safety issues and actions

Authorisation of Control Signal Blocking

Issue number: RO-2011-018-SI-01
Who it affects: All track managers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-018
Date: 27 March 2013

Safety issue description

The rules and procedures governing the issue of a Controlled Signal Block did not require or provide for coordination between network control officers when the Controlled Signal Block affects more than one controller’s area of responsibility.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2011-018-NSA-023
Date: 27 March 2013
Action status: Closed
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has advised that it is currently reviewing the entire content of Rule ANWT 308 – Controlled Signal Blocking and will include the issue identified by the ATSB in that review.

ATSB response:

The ATSB recomends that the Australian Rail Track Corperation continue to take further action to address this safety issue.
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Status justification:

ARTC is reviewing the relevant procedures in light of the identified 'minor safety issue'.

Last update 21 February 2014