Rail safety issues and actions

Management of risk associated with buffer stop deficiencies

Issue number: RO-2018-004-SI-03
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2018-004
Issue release date: 20 December 2019
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB notes that the action initiated by Sydney Trains, once implemented, should address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

Sydney Trains’ risk management procedures did not sufficiently mitigate risk to the safe operation of trains in circumstances when there were deficiencies in the buffer stop design at Richmond and at other locations.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2018-004-NSA-018
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 20 December 2019
Action status: Closed

Sydney Trains in consultation with external stakeholders, redesigned the buffer stop to be compliant with the ASA buffer stop standard. This design will be the template for replacement of other buffer stops on the Sydney metropolitan rail network. Sydney Trains has commenced a program to upgrade buffer stops throughout the network using a risk prioritisation model.

Last update 20 December 2019