Melb Metro Rail Network Comms

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
7/08/2017    1338  2017  GEN  7/08/2017 
 
** Standing Notice 1338 issued 03/08/2017 is AMENDED (*) & RE-ISSUED as below:
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MELBOURNE METROPOLITAN RAIL NETWORK

EXPANSION OF THE REGIONAL RAIL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

METRO SW.227/2017

V/LINE SW.0097/2017

From after the passage of the last train on Saturday 12.08.17 and prior to the passage of the first train on Sunday 13.08.17, the Regional Rail Communications Network (RRCN) will be reconfigured.

(*) Applies to Broad Gauge services only.

The change is necessary because of the commissioning of Voice Communications System (VCS) console in the MTM Train Control Centre.

For existing MTM operated rail traffic movements provided with DTRS radio equipment, there is no change to existing procedures.

As a result of the RRCN reconfiguration, the following changes will occur:
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On rail corridors managed by Metrol, All ‘Controller’ and ‘Emergency’ calls initiated from In Cab Equipment (ICE) radios will be routed to the Voice Communications System (VCS) console located at Metrol.

On rail corridors managed by Centrol, All ‘Controller’ and ‘Emergency’ calls initiated from In Cab Equipment (ICE) radios will be routed to the Voice Communications System (VCS) console located at Centrol.

No Change to the following
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On rail corridors managed by ARTC, All ‘Controller’ and ‘Emergency’ calls initiated from In Cab Equipment (ICE) radios will be routed to the Voice Communications System (VCS) console located at either Mile End or Junee as appropriate.

Where a rail traffic movement is operating on a corridor managed by Metrol, the ICE radio will display ‘MTL’.

Where a rail traffic movement is operating on a corridor managed by Centrol, the ICE radio will display ‘VIC’.

Where a rail traffic movement is operating on a corridor managed by ARTC, the ICE radio will display ‘ADL’ on a corridor managed by Mile End or (*)‘JUN’(*) on a corridor managed by Junee.

Geo-fence boundaries will be created to assist with the segregation of radio calls. A map of the Geo-fence boundaries is shown on the MTM and V/Line circulars.

Initial Emergency Response
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Third Party Operators on Rail Corridors managed by Metrol
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On becoming aware of an incident that requires rail traffic movements to stop, the Metrol Train Controller will communicate via a broadcast call, instructing all Third Party Operators to stop. METROL will advise the affected Third Party Control Centre/s of the incident.

Parallel Line Operations
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For incidents that affect parallel line operations near the geo-fence boundaries, the Control Centre receiving first advice of the incident is granted authority by the Accredited Rail Operators signatory to this circular to stop all rail traffic movements.

(As an example, METROL on becoming aware of an incident will stop affected rail traffic movements within the CENTROL and ARTC controlled boundaries).

When clearance has been given, the Control Centre that initiated the broadcast call must:

1. Communicate with the respective Control Centres,

2. Advise the nature of the clearance given, and

3. Confirm that the nature of the clearance given is understood by the respective Control Centres.

The respective Control Centres will then be responsible for advising all rail traffic movements within their areas of control to proceed as directed.

The communication process detailed above between the respective Control Centres must be completed on a voice recorded facility.

The Initial Emergency Response detail indicated above forms the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding between the signatories.

D. Ward, Head of Network Safety, Metro Trains Melbourne
R. Capper, Manager Compliance & Safeworking, V/Line
T. Fraser, General manager Operations Services, ARTC


STANDING TRAIN NOTICE AUTHORISED BY:
Operations Support Manager, Interstate Network.