August 2011 in Network Rail and Suppliers
A reporter is seeking clarification on whether Signallers should be adhering toRule Book module TS9 part 2.6. This section applies when Signallers have been informed that the road traffic lights at an Automatic Open Crossing Locally monitored (AOCL) or Automatic Barrier Crossing locally monitored (ABCL) have failed.
The Rule Bookstates:
TS9 2.6 Failure of crossing equipment
"If you are told that the road traffic signals at an AOCL or ABCL have failed, or the barriers have also failed at the ABCL, you must tell:
"Until normal working is resumed, you must instruct the Driver of each train to;
The reporter is aware of occasions when Signallers have not alerted Train Drivers to AOCL or ABCL crossing failures, even though they have been in receipt of this information some time in advance. This is resulting in Drivers approaching these crossings to find out at the last minute that the road traffic lights have failed. The reporter is concerned that this could result in a vehicle being struck. According to the reporter, this risk could be mitigated if Drivers were informed by Signallers beforehand of any failure.
Could Network Rail:
Response from RSSB
Signallers are required to fully comply with Rule Book module TS9, section 2.6and tell Drivers that there is a defect at an AOCL or ABCL crossing. One of the reasons for this is that it avoids a Driver reporting a defect that is already known about. There are also benefits in the Driver knowing in advance that the crossing is not likely to operate correctly.