Automatic Safety System Could Have Prevented Richmond Train Crash

Speed regulation

Automatic Safety System Could Have Prevented Richmond Train Crash Ten News

There are reports that the train crash at Richmond on Monday could have been avoided if Transport for NSW updated their safety system as promised four years ago.

According to News Corp, both Labor and Liberal state governments didn't manage to implement an "automatic train protection" safety system which regulates speed across the network.

This is despite a recommendation to a special commission in NSW in 2003.

It is alleged that the accident could have been avoided if the Waratah train that crashed at Richmond had been fitted with the system.

The ATP system is capable of intervening if the train is going faster than it should be by using an emergency brake.

“There still would have been contact (with the buffer), but it’s more likely people would have just lost their footing rather than being slammed into the walls," Rail Safety Consulting Australia director Phillip Barker said.

 

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