+ A Message From The CEO
+ Calls For Development Group Members
+ AS 1085.12 Track Materials Part 12: Insulated Joint Assemblies Update
+ AS 1085.19 Track Materials Part 18: Screw Spikes And Threaded Inserts Update
+ Infrastructure Standing Committee Update
+ AS 7518 Rolling Stock Suspension Update
+ AS 7531 Lighting And Visibility Update
+ AS 7726 Interface between Train Control Systems and Rolling Stock Update
+ RISSB Presents On Railway Risk And Risk Management To Suburban Rail Loop Authority
+ Great River City Light Rail MasterClass Webinar
A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
It was great to be welcomed into RISSB this week and witness first-hand the enthusiasm of the RISSB team. There’s been an enormous amount of work undertaken collectively by industry and facilitated by RISSB over almost 20 years now, and I think we’d all agree the industry has come a long way down the harmonisation track.
I can recall from my past history the many changes that have occurred that have made our industry safer and more efficient.
And of course, there’s always more to do, and the 20-year milestone provides the opportunity to not just celebrate our successes. but to also consider the “big ticket” issues still to be tackled.
I’m keen to start working with our industry partners asap to understand and prioritise further safety and productivity opportunities, and for RISSB to continue to facilitate solutions that can realise benefits for industry, and ultimately the Australian economy.
AS 1085.12 Track Materials Part 12: Insulated Joint Assemblies Update
The Development Group met late last week to continue their review of the current Standard. The discussion focused on areas such as testing, joint bar design, and clarification of potentially ambiguous requirements. The revised draft has know been presented to the group for consideration, with a follow up meeting planned for late August.
AS 1085.19 Track Materials Part 18: Screw Spikes And Threaded Inserts
The Development Group met for the first time this week to discuss the current Standard and what updates / amendments are required. A number of areas were identified with new screw spike designs that have replaced spring spikes being considered for inclusion. Further discussion and review will occur in the coming weeks.
Infrastructure Standing Committee Update
Preparations are underway for the next meeting of the Infrastructure Standing Committee. The RISSB Standing Committees provide governance and oversight for RISSB projects and are a vital part of the development process.
This month's meeting is promising to be a big one, with a large agenda and several items for decision on the table. The outcomes of this meeting will be provided in a future Whistleboard.
AS 7518 Rolling Stock Suspension Update
On Friday, 11 August a kick-off meeting for AS 7518 Rolling Stock Suspension took place. Drafting for this Standard is now underway and the Development Group is expected to meet again in September. This project forms a part of the deliverables for the National Rail Action Plan; providing a Standard for suppliers and manufacturers that will benefit rail transport rolling stock operators and railway infrastructure maintainers.
This national approach will support innovation and technology adoption, benefitting more local manufacturers and suppliers and ultimately driving down costs.
AS 7531 Lighting And Visibility Update
The Development Group for AS 7531 Lighting and Visibility came together recently to continue discussions regarding the comments received during public consultation period, meaning the work to amend the Standard will now commence.
AS 7726 Interface between Train Control Systems and Rolling Stock Update
This complex Standard has had significant work done on it since the last Development Group meeting, and was recently re-released for their
Given the complexities of this subject there are many areas to cover and RISSB is working hard with the author and the Development Group to find a common ground on the depth of discussion and how the Standard could be practically applied. Further discussions will be held once the review period has closed in late August.
RISSB Presents On Railway Risk And Risk Management To Suburban Rail Loop Authority
Today, we’ve been delighted to present to the the Suburban Rail Loop
Authority (SRLA) in their ‘development month’ on the topic of ‘Risk and Risk Management’.
We really enjoyed the opportunity, on such an important topic for our industry. It’s clear that there are some deeply expert people at SRLA!
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Great River City Light Rail MasterClass Webinar
The Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s latest major infrastructure projects being delivered to serve a growing Sydney. The $2.4 billion public transport project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a
two-way track spanning 12 kilometres.
Great River City Light Rail's Managing Director, Peter Matthews, will be joining us on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 for our next MasterClass webinar to discuss the project and what it means for New South Wales.