Rail safety issues and actions

Infrastructure flood management

Issue number: RO-2014-006-SI-03
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

A register for recording ‘special locations’ in accordance with the ARTC Engineering (Track & Civil) Code of Practice - Section 10 – Flooding, had not been established to manage track infrastructure prone to flood damage.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2014-006-NSA-004
Date: 25 March 2015
Action status: Closed

The ARTC is upgrading its electronic asset management system to optimise inspection and maintenance activities including recording of special locations. Coordinated with information provided by the Early Warning Network service, the asset management system can generate specific maintenance scheduled tasks (MST) where unscheduled track inspections may be carried out when there is an identified risk to safe operations. Additionally, special locations are incorporated in the track patrol technical maintenance plans in accordance with the ARTC Engineering (Track & Civil) Code of Practice.

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