To prescribe the rules for suspending a system of Safeworking in the Network.
A system of Safeworking may be suspended only if the methods of special working will not allow train services.
A system of Safeworking may be suspended only on the authority of the Sydney Trains:
- Director Network Standards, Systems and Quality, or
- Senior Manager Network Rules.
The suspension may be implemented or ended by an authorised officer.
Officers implementing the suspension must be assured that:
- workers can carry out their duties safely, and
- rail traffic travelling under the suspension of the system of Safeworking can do so safely.
During suspension of a system of Safeworking, the method of working introduced in its place must use as much as possible of:
- the principles of the suspended system of Safeworking, and
- the normal procedures of the suspended system of Safeworking.
Suspending the system of Safeworking
Before suspending the system of Safeworking, the implementing officer must:
- determine that a method of special working will not allow train services, and
- issue instructions about the method of working to be used, and
- direct that movements be safe, and that conflicting movements be prevented.
The implementing officer must arrange for copies of the instructions to be given to:
- Network Controllers for the affected areas, and
- affected Signallers at attended locations, and
- affected Train Crews and Track Vehicle Crews, and
- other affected workers.
The implementing officer must make sure that the instructions:
- specify the limits for the authorised movements, and
- do not permit conflicting routes to be set, and
- specify how signals at STOP are to be passed.
The implementing officer must be assured that:
- effective communication will be established between affected Qualified Workers, and
- previously issued Proceed Authorities in affected portions of track have been cancelled or fulfilled, and
- unless authorised in the instructions, intermediate signal boxes and local control panels in affected areas will not be switched in or out, and
- if necessary, rail traffic in the affected areas has been restrained, and
- before it is authorised to do so, other rail traffic will not enter affected portions of track.
The implementing officer must make sure that the instructions require that:
- level crossings, worksites and obstructions are protected, and
- facing points for movements are secured, and
- if available, fixed signals are cleared.
Ending the suspension
The Director Network Standards, Systems and Quality or the Senior Manager Network Rules, must arrange for an authorised officer to:
- give Network Controllers for the affected areas instructions to end the suspension of a system of Safeworking, and
- make sure that Network Controllers advise affected workers.