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Issue, description, who it affects Date, status, type
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-009-SI-04Processes for evacuating trains
Number: RO-2014-009-SI-04
Description: RO-2014-009-SI-04:Rules and procedures for detrainment do not consider a priority option of moving the train to a station or platform.
Who it affects: All rail operations
Issue owner: NSW Trains; Sydney Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Jan 2018
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
  Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-009-SI-03Unclear purpose of communication
Number: RO-2014-009-SI-03
Description: RO-2014-009-SI-03:The purpose of communication between key operational people was not always clearly stated nor understood leading to misunderstandings between people.
Who it affects: All rail operations
Issue owner: NSW Trains; Sydney Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Jan 2018
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
  Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-009-SI-02Management of change
Number: RO-2014-009-SI-02
Description: RO-2014-009-SI-02:Key operational staff in NSW Trains and Sydney Trains continued to operate under RailCorp legacy systems, even though documented transitional arrangements had re-established lines of responsibility and authority.
Who it affects: All rail operations
Issue owner: NSW Trains; Sydney Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Jan 2018
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
  Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-009-SI-01Train protection
Number: RO-2014-009-SI-01
Description: RO-2014-009-SI-01:The crew of V938 detrained passengers onto the track near Kilbride without having arranged the required train protection with the ARTC Network Controller in accordance with the ARTC Network rules and procedures.
Who it affects: All rail operations
Issue owner: NSW Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Jan 2018
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-029-SI-04Track maintenance personnel training and development
Number: RO-2015-029-SI-04
Description: RO-2015-029-SI-04:There was an identified gap in the knowledge of track maintenance personnel that was probably the result of deficiencies in training and development. In addition, network standards for the assessment of track lateral stability, including creep management, provided limited information and tools for maintenance personnel.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Jul 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-029-SI-03Other track inspections
Number: RO-2015-029-SI-03
Description: RO-2015-029-SI-03:There was no supplementary system of inspection that was effective in identifying rail creep in jointed track. The network placed a high reliance on the asset management system to initiate closer inspection of track potentially affected by creep.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Jul 2017
Status: Partially addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-029-SI-02Correcting rail creep for fixed points
Number: RO-2015-029-SI-02
Description: RO-2015-029-SI-02:Asset management systems used to identify problematic levels of rail creep did not correct for fixed points between creep monuments.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Jul 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-029-SI-01Rail creep
Number: RO-2015-029-SI-01
Description: RO-2015-029-SI-01:Asset management systems that were used to identify problematic levels of rail creep did not evaluate nor assess cumulative creep.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Jul 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2016-007-SI-01 Rail fractures
Number: RO-2016-007-SI-01
Description: RO-2016-007-SI-01 :The inspection regime to identify rail fractures was ineffective for the condition of this track.
Who it affects: All operators of rail freight
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 30 May 2017
Status:
Type: Proactive Action
  Recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-022-SI-04 Correcting rail creep for fixed points
Number: RO-2015-022-SI-04
Description: RO-2015-022-SI-04 :Asset management systems used to identify problematic levels of rail creep did not correct for fixed points between creep monuments.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 15 May 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-022-SI-03 Timeframe for addressing identified rail creep
Number: RO-2015-022-SI-03
Description: RO-2015-022-SI-03 :The procedures for measuring, assessing, and remediating rail creep in spring did not ensure creep defects were addressed in a timely manner and prior to the onset of hot weather. A creep defect identified by the spring measurements was not corrected before the derailment.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 15 May 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-022-SI-02 Other track inspections
Number: RO-2015-022-SI-02
Description: RO-2015-022-SI-02 :There was no supplementary system of inspection that was effective in identifying rail creep in jointed track. The network placed a high reliance on the asset management system to initiate closer inspection of track potentially affected by creep.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 15 May 2017
Status: Partially addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-022-SI-01 Rail creep
Number: RO-2015-022-SI-01
Description: RO-2015-022-SI-01 :Asset management systems that were used to identify problematic levels of rail creep did not evaluate nor assess cumulative creep.
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 15 May 2017
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-009-SI-02 Network rule governing Distant signals
Number: RO-2015-009-SI-02
Description: RO-2015-009-SI-02 :The rule describing the required driver response to a Distant signal at Caution in a two-position signalling system did not fully reflect the signalling system design principles. 
Who it affects: Drivers operating on rail networks using this rule
Issue owner: V/Line
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Dec 2016
Status: Not addressed
Type: Recommendation
  Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-009-SI-01 Driver training
Number: RO-2015-009-SI-01
Description: RO-2015-009-SI-01 :The training and assessment of the driver did not ensure that he had an adequate understanding of the two-position signalling through Marshall. 
Who it affects: Drivers operating on the V/Line network
Issue owner: V/Line
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - regional
Date, status, type
Date: 12 Dec 2016
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-028-SI-02 Operational rules and procedures
Number: RO-2015-028-SI-02
Description: RO-2015-028-SI-02 :The Queensland Rail network rules, procedures and safety manual provided insufficient guidance to identify the magnitude of the potential hazard from a weather event, or define the response when encountering water that had previously overtopped the track and receded or was pooled against the track formation or ballast.
Who it affects: All rail safety workers conducting work on the rail network
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 09 Dec 2016
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-028-SI-01 Hazard identification and assessment by rail traffic crew
Number: RO-2015-028-SI-01
Description: RO-2015-028-SI-01 :The Queensland Rail General Operational Safety Manual (MD-10-107) contained insufficient guidance for rail traffic crews to ensure the timely identification and management of a potential hazard (resulting from a weather event) that might affect the safe progress of the train.
Who it affects: All rail transport operators working rolling stock on the rail network
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 09 Dec 2016
Status: Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive Action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-016-SI-02Passenger Train Marker Light Standards
Number: RO-2014-016-SI-02
Description: RO-2014-016-SI-02:The marker lights on some MTM passenger trains do not meet the requirements of the standard for Railway Rolling Stock Lighting and Rolling Stock Visibility, AS/RISSB 7531.3:2007.
Who it affects: Rail Operators on Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Network
Issue owner: Metro Trains Melbourne
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Date, status, type
Date: 06 Jul 2016
Status: Safety action pending
Type: Proactive Action
  Recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2014-016-SI-01Permissive Signalling System
Number: RO-2014-016-SI-01
Description: RO-2014-016-SI-01:The rules pertaining to passing a permissive signal at stop, place sole reliance on the train driver to provide separation between trains by line-of-sight observation. In the absence of any additional risk mitigation measures, this administrative control provides the least effective defence against human error or violations.
Who it affects: Rail Operators on Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Network
Issue owner: Metro Trains Melbourne
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Date, status, type
Date: 06 Jul 2016
Status: Safety action pending
Type: Proactive Action
  Recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2015-015 SI-02Low rim thickness
Number: RO-2015-015 SI-02
Description: RO-2015-015 SI-02:Despite a number of incidents, Pacific National did not take adequate action, before the derailment, to reduce the risk of wheel defects, especially in light of previously identified contributors such as low rim thickness. 
Who it affects: All owners and operators of heavy haul freight wagons.
Issue owner: Pacific National
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 30 Jun 2016
Status:
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