Rail safety issues and actions

Management of risk associated with intermediate train stop installation

Issue number: RO-2018-004-SI-04
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: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB notes that the signalling upgrade and the introduction of ATP, 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 where the presence of an intermediate train stop at Richmond may have reduced the risk of trains approaching the station at excessive speed.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2018-004-NSA-019
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 20 December 2019
Action status: Closed

Sydney Trains have completed a signalling upgrade at Richmond, including intermediate train stops to control the approach speed. As well, implementation of the ATP project will control the risk of overrun incidents using engineering controls to supervise the train speed and enforce braking when necessary.

Last update 20 July 2020