Rail safety issues and actions

Standard for angular discontinuity at mechanical joints

Issue number: RO-2016-002-SI-02
Who it affects: Owners and operators of passenger rail services in Victoria
Issue owner: Metro Trains Melbourne
Transport function: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2016-002
Issue release date: 16 May 2018
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Issue status justification:

The safety action taken by MTM in combination with other actions pertaining to track maintenance should reduce risk associated with the safety issue.

Safety issue description

The network’s track geometry standard did not include any specific requirement to limit a localised lateral angular discontinuity in rail line at a mechanical joint.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2016-002-NSA-004
Action organisation: Metro Trains Melbourne
Date: 16 May 2018
Action status: Closed

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) has revised its track fault management system to include specific guidance on the risk of fault clusters and wheel-climb risks. The revised procedures address the identification and removal of misaligned fishplated joints.

Last update 16 May 2018