Updated: 21 January 2019

The investigation into the collision of Waratah passenger train A42 with a buffer stop at Richmond Station, NSW on 22 January 2018 is in the examination and analysis phase.

The New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) is leading this investigation. OTSI conducts marine and rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003

A preliminary report into the accident was published on 10 March 2018. 

The train’s event recorders were removed for examination and the analysis of these recorders is now complete.

An inspection of the A42 train was undertaken following the incident. The inspection has also now been completed, as have the interviews with crew of the train, as well as interviews with other Sydney Trains staff and witnesses.

A review of the close-circuit-television (CCTV) video has also been completed.

The investigation has received a substantial amount of technical information on procedures and policies, Waratah trains, buffer stops, crash energy management systems and risk assessments. Analysis of this information is progressing.

The investigation is continuing and will include consideration of the following:

  • the human factors surrounding the driver’s performance
  • the performance of the buffer stop at Richmond Station
  • the effectiveness of the train’s crash energy management system
  • organisational risk management
  • other measures that may have prevented or mitigated the effects of this collision.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation, which is currently anticipated to be during the second quarter of 2019.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.