Improving safety and reducing costs in NSW country regional network

Operation and maintenance of the Country Regional Network (CRN) was transferred to John Holland Rail (JHR) on 15 January 2012, with train control functions shifting to a newly created CRN Network Management Centre (NMC) at Mayfield. The centre was fitted out specifically for train operations with all supporting train control technology. 4Tel was contracted to deliver all train control technology, including: train control systems (train order and rail vehicle detection), telemetry systems, voice and train communication systems, supporting systems for operations and maintenance, and data networks for all system and operational connectivity. All design, procurement, installation, configuration, testing and commissioning was done within a 12 month mobilisation period to enable operations to commence on 15 January 2012. 4Tel now provides ongoing support for the CRN control centre systems including the provision of a 24/7 technical support desk working directly with the network control staff. All systems have been configured with system health monitoring and logging, in addition to alarm management provided via specialist tools. After 18 months of operation, the benefit of 24/7 onsite maintenance and supporting structure is now being realised. System availability exceeds all targets and industry benchmarks. With callout reductions and improved system health monitoring, the costs for support of train control and signalling infrastructure is significantly reduced. The key train control systems remain unchanged so improved reliability and cost savings have not been achieved through the introduction of new technology. Instead benefits have been gained from the improved application of existing technology. Clearly defined maintenance structures, improved training, configuration control and documentation and the full implementation of diagnostic tools have improved failure response, recovery times, and asset health awareness.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2013, driving the costs out of rail, 26-28 November 2013, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:02PM