+CEO message +Rail Operations and Safety Product update +Call for Public Consultation - AS 7661 Ballastless Track Systems +An update on AS 7531 Rolling Stock Lighting and Visibility +Undertaking a Derailment Investigation in Hong Kong +Achieving a nationally interoperable rail network: Reform is nigh +Government commits $160 million to life saving level crossing upgrades +Member Spotlight
I hope everyone had a safe and restful holiday period, and at RISSB we’re now back and focussing again on the execution of our strategy, on leveraging collaboration opportunities with our industry and government partners, and maximising our involvement and leadership of interoperability initiatives.
But not everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday period after the devastating level crossing collision on New Year’s eve. Two of Pacific National’s Locomotive Drivers from Port Augusta were fatally injured, and the aftermath of the incident has
obviously deeply impacted the Drivers’ families, friends, the local community at Port Augusta, and the Australian railway community more generally.
The National Level Crossing Safety Strategy contains five key objectives;
Improve level crossing road user behaviour through education and enforcement.
Leverage opportunities from emerging technology and innovations.
Identify opportunities to deliver early, low cost and effective safety improvements.
Support the development of
improved data and knowledge on level crossings.
Increase coordination and sharing between those responsible for level crossing safety.
And whilst the rail industry and governments commit significant resources and efforts to improving level crossing safety, it is clear that all parties responsible for railway interfaces need to re-think the actions and commitments required to deliver a Zero Harm environment at level crossings. Certainly, RISSB will be assessing its influence and efforts and collaborative opportunities to assist industry and government in delivering safer outcomes at our level crossings.
Damien White RISSB CEO
Rail Operations and Safety Product update
RISSB commenced the review of four Rail Operations and Safety products during 2023. These products are now well underway and are due to be delivered and completed in 2024.
These products include:
A review of AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers
A review of AS 7470 Human Factors Integration in
New Code of Practice, Rail Transport of Dangerous Goods
New Code of Practice, Driver Only Operation.
All of these projects are currently well supported by industry specialists, ensuring the products reflect good practice and align with industry requirements.
Watch this space for more updates over the coming weeks.
Call for Public Consultation - AS 7661 Ballastless Track Systems
Ballastless Track Systems is now available for a two month Public Consultation.
The objective of this Standard is to provide the technical requirements that will enable a rail infrastructure manager (RIM) to design, supply, install and maintain ballastless track systems.
For more information and how to comment on the draft, please click here.
Comments must be received by Friday, 23 March 2024.
An update on AS 7531 Rolling Stock Lighting and Visibility
The revised AS 7531 Rolling Stock Lighting and Visibility Standard is now available to download for members from the RISSB product catalogue.
The finalisation and approval of this updated version is a culmination of two years of work by our dedicated Development Group members, subject matter experts within the industry and representative bodies, who volunteer their
time to review and provide content for the Standards and products RISSB develops.
The key updates in this version of AS 7531 Rolling Stock Lighting and Visibility include:
Design principles that consider the visibility of rolling stock from a road users’ perspective, visibility during day and night, and other environmental factors
Technical requirements for the use of LED light technology
Additional technical requirements for visibility lights
Detailed maintenance requirements for lighting
fixtures, reflectors, and clarifications of operator responsibility to ensure the effectiveness of lighting and livery.
While further testing is completed by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and Monash Institute of Railway Technology, we look forward to continuing to work with industry in 2024 to ensure that our Standards represent best practice for the Australian Rail Industry.
Look out for AS 7739.2 Digital Engineering: Data Model and Guideline Safe Operation of Restricted Access Vehicles across Level Crossings to be released for member download in the coming weeks.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
Undertaking a Derailment Investigation in Hong Kong
The RISSB Undertake a Derailment Investigation Course was recently delivered for The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong from 12-14 December 2023.
The three day course was delivered at the MTR Academy in Hung Hom, and involved a practical assessment held at the Pat Cheung Railway Maintenance Yard.
This was an exciting opportunity for RISSB to further develop our collective capabilities, enabling us to share our knowledge across the rail industry, and to further refine this popular
The successful completion of this course will give the 25 MTR participants the skills and knowledge needed to efficiently gather evidence, and the ability to complete an investigation report.
Limited places are now available for the 16 – 18 April Undertake a Derailment Investigation Course in Melbourne. For more information contact our Training Manager, Sandra Weston at email@example.com.
For more information about the courses we offer, you can visit the RISSB training website here.
Achieving a nationally interoperable rail network: Reform is nigh
Join us for our first RISSB MasterClass Webinar of 2024, and hear about what Transport Ministers have recently committed to over the next four years under the National Rail Action Plan.
We will be joined by Carolyn Walsh, the Chair and Commissioner from the National Transport Commission.
Carolyn will be discussing the progress under the National Rail Action Plan and outline the tasks for the year ahead. She will also cover how the rail industry can engage with the reform
Interested? The webinar will be held on Tuesday 13 February at 12:00pm (AEDT).
Make sure to register using the button below. We look forward to seeing you there!
Government commits $160 million to life saving level crossing upgrades
Railway crossings in Victoria and Western Australia are on track to receive significant upgrades from the Australian Government’s Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF).
The Government has committed $160 million over four years to state and territory governments to fund up to 50 per cent of the cost of delivering railway crossing upgrades. The proposed list includes 19 priority projects for railway crossing improvements across regional and urban areas of the Western Australia and Victorian road and rail network.
More information on the RLCUF and its guidelines is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website here.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON Queensland Rail
Queensland Rail (QR) are the major railway operators in Queensland Australia, providing vital passenger, tourism, and freight services across the state. QR is a long participating member of RISSB, as one of our original members from before RISSB became a stand-alone entity.
This month, QR have commenced their biggest ever accessibility upgrade program, upgrading six train stations across the state. Key features of these upgrades will include accessibility improvements, interior upgrades, and engineering enhancements.