Rail safety issues and actions

Visual cues

Issue number: RO-2012-007-SI-03
Who it affects: All rail infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Metro Trains
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2012-007
Issue release date: 18 December 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken/proposed by Metro Trains Melbourne will addresse this safety issue.

Safety issue description

Once within the level crossing there are no readily visible cues (like short range lights) to alert a driver that the level crossing protection system is operating.

Response to safety issue by: Metro Trains

Metro Trains agrees that the addition of short-range lights may provide a general safety benefit and will explore the potential benefit of fitting short range lights at this crossing, and will also explore their potential at other similar crossings. It should be noted that modifications to the equipment beyond the scope of the current design will require approval and funding from VicTrack and Public Transport Victoria as the asset owner.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB has reviewed Metro Trains submission and notes the intended action, but considers that further action is required to adequately address the safety issue.


Action number: RO-2012-007-SR-007
Action organisation: Metro Trains
Date: 18 December 2013
Action status: Released

The ATSB recommends that Metro Trains takes further action in relation to the fitting of short range lights at the Cherry Street level crossing.

Additional correspondence

Response date: 07 April 2014
Response from: Wyndham City Council
Action status: Closed
Response text:

A meeting was held on 9th January 2014 between VicTrack, Metro Trains Melbourne, VicRoads and Wyndham City officers to investigate and discuss actions and staging of treatment to enhance the safety of the Cherry Street crossing. From the meeting, the
following actions occurred:

  • VicRoads is to further enhance the co-ordination of the red meter light at Railway Avenue.
  • 􀂇􀀃A business case was submitted by VicTrack to Public Transport Victoria for funding to:
    • further enhance the coordination of the pedestrian crossing light with the level crossing.
    • the installation of two meter red lights on Market Road;
    • the installation of backlight on the existing Flashing Light masts; and
    • the installation of 'Keep Track Clear' sign.
    • the installation of a refuge area.
    • reduce the width of the level crossing.

VicTrack has confirmed that a funding sum will be provided for these works. The specific details of the scope of works and design is to be prepared between the agencies.


Action number: RO-2012-007-SR-007
Action status: Released
Last update 16 December 2015