Rail safety issues and actions

National Train Communications System (NTCS) – Broadcast communications

Issue number: RO-2015-007-SI-05
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: Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

At the time of this report release, the safety action advised by the ARTC was yet to be fully implemented.

Safety issue description

The design of the NTCS in screening Adelaide metro broadcast communications prevented the driver of 2MP9 from gaining an appreciation of activities close to his area of operation, in particular the position of train 2MP1 along the Mile End main line.

Proactive Action

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

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

A review of the current “fencing” configuration will be undertaken, however it must be recognised that the complexity of the network and population of locomotives that may be logged into the system may result in a significant increase in calls to locomotives while within the Metro NCO’s area not in close geographic proximity, these calls may result in distraction and could result in a negative safety outcome when trains are operating in a higher risk metropolitan environment.

Last update 16 December 2015