Rail safety issues and actions

Crossing protection inconsistent with available sighting

Issue number: RO-2013-008-SI-05
Who it affects: Users of B. McCann Road level crossing
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-008
Date: 07 October 2014

Safety issue description

The give-way protection installed at the crossing was inconsistent with the available sighting distances on both approaches to the crossing.  Sighting was affected by vegetation, embankments formed by a rail cutting and the curved road approaches. 


Action organisation: V/Line Pty Ltd
Action number: RO-2013-008-SR-069
Date: 07 October 2014
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that V/Line reviews the risks at the B. McCann level crossing associated with the inconsistency between the level of crossing protection provided and the sighting available, and takes appropriate action.


Date received: 12 December 2014
Response from: V/Line
Action status: Closed
Response text:

V/Line has introduced interim train speed reductions that will be in place from 1 January 2015 through to 31 March 2015.

Date received: 20 February 2015
Response from: V/Line
Action status: Closed
Response text:

V/Line has advised the Victorian Railway Crossing Safety Steering committee that B. McCann Road is a high priority location for upgrade to active protection.

Current issue status: Partially addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the interim action taken by V/Line will reduce the risk associated with this safety issue, pending further assessment and infrastructure works.

Last update 19 October 2016