Review of applied processes, sourcing of more timely information and trialling of remote monitoring stations at selected sites has been undertaken. The ARTC has engaged the services of a third party (March 2013) to provide an early warning network advising ARTC representatives, including the Train Transit Manager, of the likelihood of severe weather events such as high rainfall, winds and fire. The ARTC has also commenced trials of high water level monitoring equipment at two locations in South Australia with the option of further rollout if proved successful.
However, having safely managed equally significant flood events at other locations on the ARTC network by application of the existing processes, enhancement of applicable processes will be evaluated on a cost / benefit / risk exposure basis.
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the ARTC has identified the risk posed by significant weather events and that the ARTC has emphasised the need to enhance applicable processes based on the assessment of risk exposure. The ATSB notes that the ARTC has not identified any actions to develop/improve operational procedures for implementation by network control staff when assessing response to a significant weather event.