GAOL LOOP LEVEL CROSSING

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
21/08/2017    1459  2017  GEN  21/08/2017 
 
STANDING TRAIN NOTICE

Gaol Loop Level Crossing

Procedure for use.

TN 1960 / 2014 is cancelled.
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The Gaol loop crossing is a bituminised level crossing across the ARTC mainline freight track (2.372km in the Mile End to Islington Section) and the Adelaide broad gauge passenger network Gaol Loop track (1.250 -1.310 km, currently decommissioned and disconnected). The crossing is an access point providing access between Gaol Road on the west side and the Gaol loop triangle on the East side. Both properties form part of the rail corridor and the crossing is not available for public use.

The crossing is occasionally used by ARTC maintenance personnel as a take-off point for Hi-Rail vehicles and by PTS personnel to access the Gaol Loop triangle area. This document details the configuration and required protection procedure for using the crossing, along with the maintenance responsibilities.

*Due to poor lines of sight of the track due to geometry and embankment issues the following applies.

Any movement that is required to cross both ARTC and PTS tracks must contact and obtain permission from both operators prior to opening either gate.

- The use of the level crossing by pedestrian or vehicular traffic requires a TOA to be issued by the ARTC Network Controller.

Any Hi-Rail movement that is required to use the level crossing to either on or off track for the ARTC Standard Gauge track must contact and obtain permission from ARTC prior to opening the western side gate. The Hi-Rail operator must also be in possession of the appropriate Hi-Rail permission.

Configuration:
1. The crossing is blocked by Corridor Access gates on each side of the corridor.

2. Both Corridor Access gates are configured so inward swinging is not possible.

3. The west access gate is secured with an ARTC ‘S’ Boyd lock.

4. The east access gate is secured with a PTS ‘M’ lock.

5. Warning signs are installed on the outside of each access gate containing the following text:
LIVE RAIL CORRIDOR - AUTHORISED ACCESS REQUIRED
BOTH ARTC NETWORK CONTROL & PTS TRAIN CONTROL MUST BE CONTACTED FOR ACCESS
APPROVAL
ARTC NETWORK CONTROL - 8217 4454
PTS TRAIN CONTROL - 8218 2301

Procedure for use:
1. Access is only permitted for ARTC and PTS personnel working under the protection of suitably qualified ARTC protection officer and where applicable, a suitably qualified PTS protection officer.

2. Both the ARTC Network Controller and PTS Train Controller shall be contacted prior to any opening of the access gates.

3. The protection officer shall obtain the appropriate level of protection as required by each of the networks.

4. The protection officer shall unlock the gates and regulate the movement of all vehicles and personnel.

5. The protection officer shall remain at the crossing until all movements are complete and both gates are secured and locked.

6. The protection officer shall contact both ARTC and PTS controllers and advise them that both access gates are secured and locked.

7. The use of the crossing by 3rd parties is only permitted subject to prior consent by both ARTC and PTS Infrastructure Managers.

Maintenance responsibility:
1. ARTC will be responsible for maintaining the west side of the crossing from the halfway point between the ARTC and PTS track centrelines.

2. PTS will be responsible for maintaining the east side of the crossing form the halfway point between the ARTC and PTS track centrelines.


AUTHORISED BY: ARTC Operations Support Manager, Interstate Network.