Rail safety issues and actions

Standards for train / platform clearances

Issue number: RO-2014-005-SI-03
Who it affects: Train passengers
Issue owner: Metro Trains Melbourne
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-005
Date: 27 April 2016

Safety issue description

The existing standards stipulated minimum clearances between trains and platforms but did not consider the effect of the resulting gaps with respect to safe accessibility. 

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Metro Trains Melbourne
Action number: RO-2014-005-NSA-032
Date: 13 August 2016
Action status: Closed

For existing platform renewal, MTM is implementing the requirements of the ‘design practice note’ (DPN). This document provides guidelines on the permissible construction tolerances applicable to platform renewal works.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

MTM has developed a design practice note to address safety issue.

Last update 22 August 2016