Rail safety issues and actions

Track Stability Maintenance Plan

Issue number: RO-2013-002-SI-02
Who it affects: All track maintainers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-002
Date: 26 May 2015

Safety issue description

There was no Track Stability Management Plan in place for the section of track where the buckle developed – as was required by the ARTC’s CoP.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2013-002-NSA-92
Date: 26 May 2015
Action status: Closed

ARTC now have Track Stability Management Plans for all of our respective Provisioning Centres, these highlight any areas of concern relating to potential rail stress issues. We also continue to undertake rail stress checking over our network, which then feeds in to the Track Stability Management Plans.

The Track Stability of Concrete Sleepered Track procedure is reviewed annually.

Changes are being considered for the rail stressing standards and procedures.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Rail Track Corporation will adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 26 May 2015