Recommendation RR20080001

Recommendation issued to: ARTC

Recommendation details
Output No: RR20080001
Date issued: 29 January 2008
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Issue

The unrestricted speed of train 3AB6 on a relatively hot day provided sufficient dynamic force to cause the track, with its diminished stability, to misalign.

The current imposition of precautionary temperature-related speed restrictions recognises maximum temperature extremes but does not allow for a situation where daily temperature variations (minimum to maximum) are significant.

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Rail Track Corporation takes further action to address this safety issue.

Initial response
Date issued:
Response from: ARTC
Response text:

The ARTC in its submission did not accept that its approach to managing the impact of temperature on track stability was a safety issue.

Last update 05 April 2012