Freight Rail, Safety, Standards & Regulation

Arc Infrastructure working on rules update

WA network owner Arc Infrastructure plans to consult with stakeholders early next month for its planned safeworking rules and procedures update in 2020.

Arc Infrastructure, which owns around 5,500 kilometres of railways across Western Australia on a long-term lease from the state government, said last week it was in the process of updating the official Safeworking Rules and Procedures for the network, for a planned implementation early next year.

Head of operations Rod Smith said changes were necessary to support Arc’s future operational requirements.

“We are currently working on changes to the Network Rules and Procedures to make them simpler and safer for people working on the state’s rail freight network,” Smith said.

“Arc is also working on a major upgrade to our train control system which will be introduced next year. These proposed changes set the business up for the new Enhanced Network Control Program and will avoid another Rules change later.”

Arc Infrastructure has invited stakeholders to provide feedback, and plans to directly engage stakeholders in early October.

“It’s important for people to ask any questions or provide any feedback,” Smith said. “We will be collating these comments and reviewing before publishing a final updated Rules Book in the coming months.”