Queensland's influential rail lobby group has renewed calls for Queensland Government to introduce an automatic braking system in the Southeast Queensland train network.
Automated Train Protection (ATP) is a computerised anti-braking system to over-ride a train driver's decisions when the driver does not slow a train or stop at a station.
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What a crock of shyte.
Mr Dow said the Cleveland train crash in January 2013 – where seven people were injured in January 2013 - should worry Queensland Rail.You bloody tosser. Cleveland was not put down to a braking issue at all. It was put down to an adhesion issue. The brakes on the train functioned exactly as they were designed to do...And ATP would have done exactly nothing to prevent that accident because the train was outside the braking curve, and when it did actually run into the curve, the brakes were already in Emergency. Twit.
"The point that we have made constantly is that Automated Train Protection is not on our suburban rail network," Mr Dow said.
"If the train had gone on to the track that is closest to the seashore – it would have gone through the station office.
"It would probably have killed people at that point."
"So we think there is a strong case for automatic train protection on our suburban train network."
Mr Dow has concerns where trains come to a train terminal stop; ie Cleveland, Brisbane Airport and the new Springfield station.
"Now Cleveland was put down to a braking issue, but I have always felt that if there was automatic train protection there, the train would have slowed prior to that situation," he said.
But of course, you, who presumably have extensive driving and rail engineering qualifications (What's that Skip? He doesn't have these quals????) have a feeling that Cleveland would not have happened had ATP been installed? C'mon...
I'm all for ATP, don't get me wrong, but to have this tosspot suggesting it would have prevented various accidents and is the be-all-and-end-all of train safety shows just how little he knows about the system, and its' capabilities - and limitations.
And he's the spokesman of an "influential lobby group"? Puh-lease....
Now returning you to your regularly scheduled programme.....