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5th July 2014Automatic Train Protection - stalled or forgotten?
Automatic Train Protection (ATP) is needed in on the SEQ rail network. It appears that moves to equip the network with an ATP capability have stalled.
Why then has money been allocated in the last two state budgets?
The money first appears in the 2013/14 Queensland budget:http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/budget-papers/2013-14/bp3-2013-14.pdf
Page 106: "$11 million towards Automatic Train Protection to prevent unsafe situations on interurban carriages"
Page 121: "Automatic Train Protection II $10,968,000"
The money re-appears in this year's Queensland budget:http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/budget-papers/2014-15/bp3-2014-15.pdf
Page 111: "Automatic Train Protection II: $11,712,000" - note the $744,000 blow-out caused by the apparent delay.
Is there are a reason why ATP is not being proceeded with particularly as there is a budget allocation? Or has it just been forgotten about? Other states have their collective act together ..
SA invests in ATPhttp://www.railexpress.com.au/archive/2011/june/june-15th-2011/other-top-stories/sa-invests-in-atp
Perth rail system – an example of integrated transport planninghttp://www.railexpress.com.au/archive/2012/may/may-23rd-2012/top-stories/perth-rail-system-2013-an-example-of-integrated-transport-planning
Perth’s leading Automatic Train Protection (ATP) signalling system was installed with electrification around 20 years ago so it provides a robust framework for expansion and the most efficient train controls systems.
Automatic Train Protectionhttp://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-automatic-train-protection
The Automatic Train Protection (ATP) Program will see the Sydney Trains metropolitan and NSW TrainLink intercity rail network fitted with new equipment to improve rail safety by monitoring a train’s speed and position on the network and automatically intervening or braking to ensure safe operations.
The program will play a key role in delivering faster and more reliable services as part of the NSW Government’s Sydney’s Rail Future.
Here is the last update of the Rail Safety Systems Assessment of the South East Queensland Rail Network, around 3 years old. 26 Sep 2011http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/~/media/Safety/railsafety/rail%20safety%20systems%20assessment%20of%20seq%20rail%20network%20update%202.pdf
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
Media release 9th April 2013 re-released 16th November 2013 re-released 13th June 2014 re-released 4th July 2014SEQ: Suburban rail network needs Automatic Train Protection too!
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has said the introduction of Automatic Train Protection (ATP) which incorporates improved signalling is well overdue on the suburban rail network in SEQ (1).
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"Automatic Train Protection (ATP) is a system that relays signal information, track speed information and other track information to trains, and can automatically slow or stop trains if they exceed the track speeds or approach signals at STOP at too high a speed. It will also stop trains that pass a signal at STOP unless a specific procedure is followed."
"There are concerns with rail safety generally and it is time that ATP was introduced on the suburban rail network."
ATP is needed because:Safety
- the current Automatic Warning System installed on Queensland Rail's suburban network will not prevent crashes or derailments caused by:
1) Excessive speed around corners or through switches.
2) Excessive speed through red signals compromising the safe stopping distance.
3) Excessive speed through yellow signals, again compromising the safe stopping distance.
4) Excessive speed on approach to dead end tracks, such as at termini.
ATP will prevent the majority of crashes caused by the above.Capacity
- ATP in conjunction with a high capacity signalling system such as European Railway Traffic Management System - ERTMS - level 2 allows for higher train frequencies and/or higher reliability. This is important as we approach maximum capacity limits on the Merivale Bridge.Cost savings
- ERTMS level 2 has less track wayside equipment, reducing equipment maintenance costs. Longer term significant cost savings.Open market
- as ERTMS is standards based, multiple manufacturers can bid for contracts. Multiple manufacturers can also be involved in a contract. Leads times may be faster, and approval processes may be simplified.
"It appears that moves to implement ATP have stalled (3). We can really afford to wait any longer?"
1. Automatic Train Protection (ATP) http://www.railsafe.org.au/section.jsp?id=8684
2. The European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) http://www.ertms.net/ertms/ertms-in-brief.aspx
3. Rail Safety Systems Assessment of the South East Queensland Rail Network http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/~/media/Safety/railsafety/rail%20safety%20systems%20assessment%20of%20seq%20rail%20network%20update%202.pdf
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org