+CEO message +Call for Development Group Members – Code of Practice KPIs for Corridor Infrastructure Maintenance. +Call for Public Consultation - AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers +Life-saving upgrades for level crossings in NSW +Member Spotlight
In order to expedite the rolling stock approval process in Australia, QUBE has specified these locomotives to be “type approved” in the design specification process. Whilst this approach will enable the locomotives to be deployed
expeditiously, it also demonstrates that rolling stock owners feel compelled to delay the adoption of new technology in order to have sufficient certainty to deploy new equipment.
That is why the National Transport Commission (NTC) National Rail Action Plan (NRAP) project 'Streamlining Rolling Stock Approval Regime' is so important. With rail being a key enabler for improving productivity and decarbonisation, we need rolling stock approval processes that both expedite the approval process and facilitate the adoption of the latest available technology.
Damien White RISSB CEO
Call for Development Group Members – Code of Practice KPIs for Corridor Infrastructure Maintenance.
RISSB is seeking nominations from industry representatives and subject matter experts to develop a new Code of Practice – KPIs for Corridor Infrastructure Maintenance.
This new product seeks to support harmonisation of infrastructure maintenance requirements, driving greater productivity and safety outcomes for the Australian and New Zealand Rail Industry.
Please send your submissions for consideration to Carly Wilson,
our Standards Development Manager at email@example.com.
Call for Public Consultation - AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers
The review of AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers is now open for an eight week Public Consultation.
AS 7453 provides a more consistent approach to the recruitment and selection of rail traffic drivers within the Australian and New Zealand railway industry.
This review will help deliver a nationally harmonised Standard, enabling the rail industry to develop the talent needed to drive rail forward.
For more information and/or to comment on the draft, please click here. Comments must be received by Saturday, 30 March 2024.
Life-saving upgrades for level crossings in NSW
The Australian Government has announced that railway crossings in New South Wales are on track to receive significant upgrades over the next four years.
These upgrades are thanks to the Australian Government’s Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF), which aims to improve railway crossing safety in regional areas and reduce serious and fatal crashes that have a devastating impact on communities.
The proposed list
includes 23 priority projects for railway crossing improvements across nine electorates covering a large area of regional NSW.
These upgrades will include:
The installation of retro-reflective boom gates.
Audible warning devices.
LED flashing lights increasing the visibility of crossings on both sides of the roadway in response to approaching trains.
More information on the RLCUF and its guidelines is available on the
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON Aurizon
Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail-based freight operator, providing integrated freight and logistics solutions across an extensive national rail and road network, traversing Australia.
In December last year, Aurizon announced the 31 successful recipients of its latest round of the Community Giving Fund. The Fund, which is part of Aurizon’s ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with local communities, provides grants in the areas of education, community safety, environment and health and wellbeing.
Andrew Harding, Aurizon Managing Director & CEO, stated that this round of funding will benefit local projects across the Company’s vast area of operations, including
Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
The next round of applications for the Community Giving Fund will open in March 2024. For more information, you can visit their website here.