V/Line has revised their Technical Maintenance Plan schedule to clarify that front of train inspections cannot be used to replace hi-rail patrols on the Tocumwal line.
Further, V/Line intends undertaking a risk review of the appropriateness of its current condition based responses for sleeper condition, as set out in the V/line standard for inspection and assessment.
The ATSB accepts that the replacement of front of train inspection with hi-rail patrols will increase the opportunity to detect fractured rail. The ATSB also considers that the proposed risk review, when completed, has the potential to result in a safety action that reduces the likelihood of a derailment following a fracture. The ATSB considers that the safety issue has been partially addressed and has issued the following safety recommendation.