Railway organisations must establish and maintain documented processes to manage safety issues at interfaces with infrastructure or activities of another railway organisation.
About interface coordination
Sections 63 to 68 of the Rail Safety Act 2010 and Division 3 of the Regulations 2011 require a railway organisation to establish and maintain documented processes to manage safety issues at interfaces with the infrastructure or activities of another railway organisation, another function area within the same organisation or an external party.
If you have downloaded the Rail Safety Act 2010 from the State Law Publisher website you will notice that Sections 63 to 66 have been relocated to the end of the document under the heading "Provisions that have not come into operation" on page 184. This is because s2(d) "Commencement" states that these sections only come into effect 36 months after the date of Proclamation. (1 February 2011)
Printed and bound copies of the Act keep these sections in sequence.
Within an organisation or between two or more railway organisations these can typically include track and civil infrastructure, electrical infrastructure, rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications equipment, traffic and train management, control of access to and protection of railway property, railway to railway management, other developments above or below the railway and interfaces between two track systems.
Interfaces between railway organisations and other organisations and infrastructure can include grade separation, at grade crossings, joint and alternative use facilities such as bridges and shared rail corridors, utilities, terminals, yards and stations.
An interface coordination plan shall include, as appropriate:
- Internal and external functional areas involved,
- The point or limit at which the interface occurs,
- The subject matter to be considered and resolved across each interface,
- Who accepts responsibility for portions of the subject matter.
- Under what life cycle phases items of the subject matter need to be considered.
- What information needs to be obtained from other involved parties to monitor the safe operation of the interface.
- Processes to assess the compatibility and monitoring of engineering and operational parameters.
- Procedures to review the interface coordination plan and
- Procedures for access by other parties.
Interfaces with road managers
Sections 64 to 66 of the Rail Safety Act 2010 particularly deal with the interfaces that occur at road/rail level crossings and pedestrian crossings.. The legislation requires that rail infrastructure managers develop interface coordination plans with road managers to manage aspects like who will maintain the road surface and signage over and near the track, who needs to be contacted when workers need to work close to the track and what to do if an emergency arises at the crossing site.
Public Transport Safety Victoria has published Road/Rail Safety Interface Agreements: Rail safety guideline (Version 2).
This is tailored to Victorian legislation, but a guideline for WA will be developed.