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Signal passed at danger (SPAD) incident at Park Road Station, Brisbane, Queensland, on 25 March 2019

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a signal passed at danger (SPAD) incident at Park Road Station in Brisbane, Queensland, on 25 March 2019.

Queensland Rail (QR) suburban passenger train DW17 (Cannon Hill to Northgate), running on the Down Southern Suburban line, performed a normal station stop at Park Road. After passengers had boarded and the doors had been closed, the guard provided the 'rightaway' signal to the driver.

At this time, signal DP29, located at the end of Park Road platform, displayed a red aspect. Train DW17 departed at 1216, passing signal DP29 at danger and exceeding its authority.

Signal DP29 was displaying a red aspect because another suburban passenger train 1E65 (Beenleigh to Ferny Grove) was running in the same direction through Park Road Station, on the parallel Middle Road.

The Down Southern Suburban line and the Middle Road converge at the 643A/B points, located approximately 230 m from the station, just before the rail bridge over Annerley Road. The points had been set to allow train 1E65 to move from the Middle Road to the Down Southern Suburban line, and run ahead of train DW17.

On advice from the network control officer, trains DW17 and 1E65 stopped. By this time, train DW17 had run through the 643A/B points.  

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crews of both trains, and review video footage, train event recorder data and information from QR's Rail Management Centre.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.


General details
Date: 25 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1216 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Park Road Station, Brisabne   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Queensland Rail  
Train registration DW17  
Type of operation Suburban passenger service  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Cannon Hill  
Destination Northgate  
Last update 10 February 2021