Rail safety issues and actions

ARTC Network rules and procedures

Issue number: RO-2019-010-SI-03
Who it affects: All owners and operators of rail networks track circuits
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2019-010
Issue release date: 07 May 2020
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

ARTC's network rules did not provide suitable guidance to assess continued safe operation when responding to track circuit faults. Additionally, the network rules permitting signals to be passed at Stop did not require a reduction in speed when the condition of the track was unknown.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2019-010-NSA-004
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Date: 07 May 2020
Action status: Released

Safety action taken: ARTC has advised that they are currently trialling a process to assist when responding to track circuit faults.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB notes that ARTC has implemented a trial for responding to track circuit faults, but this does not contain any references to a reduction in speeds if continuing operation.

Last update 07 May 2020