Last weekend saw the first delivery of the ATP (Automatic
Train Protection) training program to NSW TrainLink Train Drivers. ATP is part
of a Future Network Delivery program working to build a safe and reliable rail
network than can cater for future customer growth and demand across Sydney and
The innovative training delivery includes technology enabled
learning with full integration of e-learning and assessments using iPads as
well as competency based training using ATP training simulators developed by
TransUrb from Belgium – (yes Belgium the land of fine chocolate and simulators
on the other side of the world).
TfNSW L&D, Engineering & Digital Programs have also partnered
with TAFE to support regional delivery of ATP in a professional training
environment at Newcastle TAFE with a Gosford location TBA and also at the
Transport Training Centre in Petersham.
ATP will be delivered to NSW TrainLink Train Drivers every
weekend through to the end of October 2019.
In August 2018, TfNSW L&D and Electrical Isolations Improvement Program (Sydney Trains) launched the Safety Assistant for Switching Operations accreditation.
Safety Assistants will be able to accompany an Authorised Person in potentially hazardous situations when a second Authorised Person is not required for switching activities. The first wave of rollout covers all Electrical apprentices within Sydney Trains. The 2 day training course which involves going out to site and visiting a Substation forms part of the requirement to become an Accredited Safety Assistant for Switching Operations.
Electrical Isolations Improve Program Overview
The Electrical Isolations Improvement (EII) Program is a series of capability changes to deliver a faster, smarter and safer Electrical Power Outage System (EPOS). The objective of the program is to improve the power outage process so that there is a reduction in the time it takes to isolate and restore power, while continuing to achieve and even improve safety.
There are a number of issues with the current process of managing electrical power outages. The key issues include:
· Much of the switching is done manually and can take up to 5 hours and more than 20 skilled staff to remove or restore power
· Switching requires long travel times from one location to the other, occurs mostly at night and often involves operating at remote locations
· Staff involved are also relied on to deliver the maintenance of the electrical assets but often aren’t available due to power outage needs
· Process relies heavily on a multitude of safety critical telephone conversations and there is a continuing high level of safety incidents in the process
· Current system is paper-based and prone to mistakes (human error), rework and delays in processing requests
· Current arrangements for OHW power outages during network incidents mean a large area of the network can be impacted by a localised issue
· Current equipment is antiquated and from a sole supplier.
To find out more about the Electrical Isolations Improvement Program initiatives see video below: