Rail safety issues and actions

Rail creep management

Issue number: RO-2014-003-SI-01
Who it affects: All owners of rail infrastructure
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-003
Issue release date: 20 May 2015
Current issue status: Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

The safety issue status remains pending as V/Line implements its new track lateral stability standard, and ATSB considers any related findings from ongoing investigations RO-2015-022 (Nunga) and RO- 2015-029 (Ouyen).

Safety issue description

V/Line’s organisational processes for responding to and rectifying rail creep defects did not ensure that all such defects were addressed in a timely way.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2014-003-NSA-018
Action organisation: V/Line Pty Ltd
Date: 20 May 2015
Action status: Monitor

V/Line has advised that it will review its processes and timeframes for addressing C2 defects. This review is to be completed by November 2015.

Additional correspondence

Response date: 19 August 2016
Response from: V/Line
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

V/Line has advised that it has completed its review and update of its track standard for the inspection and assessment of lateral stability and has indicated that a plan for implementation of the standard will be completed by October 2016.

Last update 02 December 2019