Rail safety issues and actions

Management of track lateral stability

Issue number: RO-2019-003-SI-01
Issue owner: Australian rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2019-003
Issue release date: 16 December 2020
Current issue status: Open – Safety action pending

Safety issue description

The ARTC systems for managing track lateral stability did not lead to the location being managed as a location potentially vulnerable to instability.

Response by Australian Rail Track Corporation

The ARTC advised that this location was not deemed to be a special location. The process for identifying special locations, targets locations susceptible to incorrect SFT and instability.

Safety recommendation

Action number: RO-2019-003-SR-015
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Date: 16 December 2020
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Rail Track Corporation reviews its processes and criteria for identifying and managing track locations vulnerable to lateral instability, considering the findings of this investigation report.

Last update 16 December 2020