Recommendation RO-2008-001-SR-025

Recommendation issued to: Australian Rail Track Corporation

Recommendation details
Output No: RO-2008-001-SR-025
Date issued: 06 October 2009
Safety action status: Closed - Partial Action
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

At the time of the collision, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council did not have an interface coordination plan to manage the risks associated with the Stirling Street level crossing interface, including the installation and maintenance of pavement marking.

Safety recommendation

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

Initial response
Date issued: 06 January 2010
Response from: ARTC response to recommendation for level crossing interface agreement
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The ARTC accepts the above recommendation. The ARTC has been working towards establishing an interface agreement with the SA Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure for several years. It is anticipated that once a model agreement is established negotiations  with Local Government agencies will progress at a significantly faster rate.

Negotiations with Local Government organisations if not progressed as a block via the Local Government Association will need to be progressed by individual negotiation with each interfacing Council.

If the latter situation is the case ARTC reserves the right to prioritise negotiations based on a number of interfaces and perceived risk to the safety of rail operations.

ATSB response:

After monitoring the response to the recommendations issued to the ARTC and the Port Adelaide Enfield City Council for 12 months, the latest advice received from the relevant SA Department is that it is anticipated that a Bill amending the SA Rail Safety Act 2007 that will mandate Level Crossing Interface Agreements between the rail track owner and the relevant road authority will be enacted during 2011. Given that both the ARTC and the Port Adelaide Enfield City Council have agreed to the recommendations and because the ramifications pertaining to level crossings are State-wide rather than any given level crossing, the ATSB considers that the matter is being dealt with at the appropriate level.

Last update 06 December 2012