ARTC's railway infrastructure maintenance strategy

The purpose of this paper is to present an outline of the strategy Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) implements for the maintenance of the railway infrastructure on its national network. ARTC’s approach to railway infrastructure maintenance is founded on a “back-to-basics” philosophy that was established and successfully developed and implemented in Victoria since 1999 to upgrade and sustain the railway infrastructure thereby increasing network reliability and capacity. The approach developed, and documented, by ARTC is the 5 Step Holistic Approach to Track Maintenance and the Fault Reduction Strategy - Signalling & Communications Systems. This paper will review and expand upon these strategies and their relative success. ARTC’s “back-to-basics” approach to bridge and structure maintenance ensures immediate and long term capability. The capability-based maintenance methodology dictates that works are only undertaken when required to ensure the immediate and long term capability of the bridge or structure, rather than undertaking works based on the traditional fixed time period, regardless of whether or not such works are necessary. ARTC’s infrastructure maintenance costs are low compared to other benchmarks in Australia and overseas and this is a reflection of putting into practice a “back-to-basics” approach to infrastructure management that is sustainable.

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  • Pagination: 7p.
  • Monograph Title: New horizons for rail: CORE 2004: conference on railway engineering, June 20-23 2004, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:14PM