Rail safety issues and actions

Inconsistency between permitted and published line speed

Issue number: RO-2013-008-SI-08
Who it affects: Stakeholders associated with risk assessment of level crossings
Issue owner: VicTrack
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-008
Issue release date: 07 October 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by VicTrack reduces the risk associated with this safety issue.

Safety issue description

There existed an inconsistency between the track speed used for crossing assessment and permitted train speeds. The ALCAM process used a train speed equal to the track line speed, whereas V/Line systems for evaluating driver behaviour permitted an exceedence of line speed by up to 10 km/h for short distances. 


Action number: RO-2013-008-SR-074
Action organisation: VicTrack
Date: 07 October 2014
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that VicTrack takes action to address the inconsistency that exists between the crossing assessment that assumes a train travelling at line speed, and the sighting that would be required for a train travelling at the 10 km/h greater speed that is procedurally permitted by the rail operator.

Additional correspondence

Response date: 11 February 2015
Response from: VicTrack
Action status: Closed
Response text:

VicTrack has elevated the issue to the National ALCAM committee for consideration.

Response date: 17 March 2015
Response from: VicTrack
Action status: Closed
Response text:

VicTrack will consult with rail operators in Victoria regarding train overspeed policies.

Response date: 20 July 2015
Response from: VicTrack
Action status: Closed
Response text:

The ALCAM Committee will issue advice to rail stakeholders supplying data into the ALCAM database that 'Maximum Train Speed' should be the highest allowed train speed at that location taking into account permanent speed restrictions or extreme grades.

Last update 19 October 2016