Australian Transport Safety Bureau to investigate two Geelong trains being seconds from head-on collision at Marshall
SHANE FOWLES, Geelong Advertiser
January 9, 2018 10:24am
TWO trains came within a few seconds of a head-on collision in Geelong’s south last week.
An investigation has been launched into the dangerous incident, which occurred on the single line section of track between Marshall and South Geelong about 2.15pm on January 2.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the trains were brought to a halt just 300 metres apart, avoiding any injuries or damage.
The near collision occurred after an empty passenger train travelling from Waurn Ponds to Geelong passed two stop signals at Marshall without authority.
V/Line issued a warning on the day stating that delays of at least an hour would result from “signal issue at Marshall”.
An inquiry will be led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. A final report will be released at a later date.
The incident occurred as train passengers await progress on the proposed duplication of the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.
After soil quality testing and public consultation late last year, a business case for the project is expected in the first half of 2018.
The State Government has budgeted $110 million for the first stage of a rail extension to Torquay, which will prepare the corridor for duplication to Waurn Ponds.
Link to the ATSB Investigation - https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/rair/ro-2018-001/
Not the first time that the ATSB has investigated issues on this part of the Geelong line. The other issue occured in 2015- https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2015/rair/ro-2015-009/