Rail safety issues and actions

Management of weather warnings

Issue number: RO-2014-006-SI-02
Who it affects: Rail network managers and train operators
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-006
Date: 25 March 2015

Safety issue description

The ARTC did not have a comprehensive system in place to identify and actively manage risks associated with severe weather events that were likely to affect the safety of their rail network.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2014-006-NSA-003
Date: 25 March 2015
Action status: Closed

In conjunction with the implementation of Operational Procedure OPP-01-05, remote weather monitoring and recording stations were commissioned on the Trans Australian Railway at Barton, Cook, Rawlinna and Zanthus on 19 December 2014. Data from these weather stations will be linked to the Early Warning Network service to provide automated alerts.

Four water flow monitors have been installed at culvert locations identified through a hydrology study of the Trans Australia Railway. Field evaluation of this equipment is being undertaken.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the ARTC addresses this safety issue.

Last update 25 March 2015