Following the incident, V/Line examined 13 per cent of unsealed crossings in its network. The results of inspections were used to develop recommendations for other unsealed level crossings across the V/Line network.
V/Line’s Enterprise Asset Management System (EAMS) will be updated with improved maintenance requirements for unsealed crossings, and an Asset Condition Criticality and Risk Index (ACCRI) assessment is underway to determine priority asset maintenance requirements, including those for unsealed crossings.
Other specific actions advised by V/Line include:
- The RFD (Rail Flaw Detection) regime was audited, and V/Line subsequently worked with Speno to improve ultrasonic test processes.
- A further review has highlighted a number of high risk locations for priority attention and the buried crossings program will increase during 2015-16.
- Unsealed crossings showing signs of drainage/formation failure will be brought forward in the Annual Works Plan (AWP).
- Rails in unsealed crossings will be painted prior to installation (web and foot).
This is a complex safety issue that potentially affects a large number of crossings in the regional network. The safety actions advised by V/Line will assist in reducing the risk associated with this safety issue; however, it is recognised that the success of these actions is dependent on their effective implementation. Also, the risks associated with the latent condition of yet to be inspected unsealed level crossings must be managed.