The ATSB is investigating a signal passed at danger (SPAD) incident at Park Road Station in Brisbane, Queensland, on 25 March 2019.
Queensland Rail (QR) suburban passenger train DW17 (Cannon Hill to Northgate), running on the Down Southern Suburban line, performed a normal station stop at Park Road. After passengers had boarded and the doors had been closed, the guard provided the 'rightaway' signal to the driver.
At this time, signal DP29, located at the end of Park Road platform, displayed a red aspect. Train DW17 departed at 1216, passing signal DP29 at danger and exceeding its authority.
Signal DP29 was displaying a red aspect because another suburban passenger train 1E65 (Beenleigh to Ferny Grove) was running in the same direction through Park Road Station, on the parallel Middle Road.
The Down Southern Suburban line and the Middle Road converge at the 643A/B points, located approximately 230 m from the station, just before the rail bridge over Annerley Road. The points had been set to allow train 1E65 to move from the Middle Road to the Down Southern Suburban line, and run ahead of train DW17.
On advice from the network control officer, trains DW17 and 1E65 stopped. By this time, train DW17 had run through the 643A/B points.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crews of both trains, and review video footage, train event recorder data and information from QR's Rail Management Centre.
A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.
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.
|Date:||25 March 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1216 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Park Road Station, Brisabne||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Line operator||Queensland Rail|
|Train operator||Queensland Rail|
|Type of operation||Suburban passenger service|
|Sector||Passenger - metropolitan|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Departure point||Cannon Hill|