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National rail safety investigation office opens in Adelaide.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

15 November 2004 A163/2004


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has moved its rail safety investigation office to Adelaide because of South Australia's importance as a key rail hub, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

The new office started operations today.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau in my department has an international reputation for no-blame, independent safety investigations of aviation and marine accidents and incidents, and an increasing reputation in the rail sector," Mr Anderson said.

"The decision to locate the ATSB's rail safety investigation office in Adelaide reflects the state's vital role in the national rail system. Adelaide is also the headquarters of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) - the Australian Government corporation that has ended 150 years of fragmentation in our railways.

"The ARTC is the single body that sells track access to train operators over the full length of the interstate main line, from Perth to the Queensland border. The ATSB will now have easy access to the ARTC's train control centre, and will be able to improve its response time in reaching the more remote parts of the rail network.

"The new office will include the ATSB's Team Leader for Rail Safety Investigations, who is transferring from Canberra, and two new senior investigators recruited from Adelaide.

"The ATSB has now completed nine investigations on the behalf of the state rail authorities, and is carrying out eight investigations under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act. It has already contributed in no small measure to a greater awareness of medical issues in the rail industry and new medical standards," Mr Anderson said.

Media Contacts

Bill McKinley ( Minister Anderson's Office ) 02 6277 7680