In response to this safety issue, Brookfield Rail and/or Aurizon have advised of the following proactive safety action:
- Brookfield Rail has increased the frequency of in cab train rides/track inspection to monthly.
- Brookfield Rail has issued a safety advice to all above rail operators highlighting the importance of reporting rough ride/track irregularities to Brookfield Rail train control.
- Aurizon has issued instructions (general order) to all of its drivers regarding a requirement to communicate rail/track faults, in particular rough riding track.
- Aurizon is reviewing the feasibility of using acceleration monitors on selected locomotives and/or wagons on the Defined Interstate Rail Network, (DIRN) between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by Aurizon and Brookfield Rail will, when implemented, adequately address this safety issue.