Rail safety issues and actions

Train pathing

Issue number: RO-2015-007-SI-03
Who it affects: All rail transport operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2015-007
Issue release date: 16 December 2015
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by the ARTC, for maximising the use of available and suitable infrastructure will reduce the risk of this type of safety issue.

Safety issue description

The practice of pathing a following train onto a line occupied by a preceding train, when an alternate route was available and not obstructed, presented an elevated level of risk.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2015-007-NSA-005
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Date: 16 December 2015
Action status: Closed

In response to this safety issue, the Australian Rail Track Corporation have advised of the following proactive safety action:

ARTC will issue a Network Control Centre Notice to all control centres directing that when operationally possible maximum use of available and suitable infrastructure should be made to reduce risk while optimising train running.

Last update 16 December 2015