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
Transport function: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-005
Issue release date: 27 April 2016
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

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

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 number: RO-2014-005-NSA-032
Action organisation: Metro Trains Melbourne
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.

Last update 22 August 2016