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AN independent audit of the handling of the Moreton Bay Rail Link’s signalling system will report back to Transport Minister Striling Hinchliffe by the end of July.
The government today released the terms of reference for the independent review of the signalling system after revealing this week that the link’s opening had been delayed indefinitely after Queensland Rail deemed the signalling system unsafe.
Mr Hinchliffe said the review would consider governance and contractual processes relating to the signalling system and the performance and integration of the systems during design and construction.
“On Monday I announced MBRL would not be operational mid-year as previously stated because Queensland Rail testing had determined the signalling system currently installed does not meet the operational and safety standards found across the rest of the network,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This review will determine what went wrong and how the signalling system was selected.
“This review will run separately to the work being undertaken by Queensland Rail into the requirements of the signalling systems in order for Moreton Bay Rail Link to open.”
The Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Rail and other parties will be compelled to provide relevant documents to the audit as requested, “subject to commercial or cabinet confidentiality”.
The audit will look at:
Any signalling system related issues, risks and/or opportunities arising from the decision in 2012 to bring the project under the auspices of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR);
A review of the signalling system elements of the tendering and contract process;
Whether the role assigned to Queensland Rail through contractual and/or governance documents and processes provided for appropriate involvement of the rail operator in the assurance processes relating to signalling; and
Contract milestone payments relating to signalling, and gainshare payments, and the grounds upon which any payments have been made.
Performance and integration of signalling systems during design and construction, including:
The nature of assurance activities by the project team, Queensland Rail, or other parties to monitor, test, and review signalling systems and signalling system interface/integration;
The nature of interface/integration issues experienced between multiple signalling systems on the one network; and
The adequacy of assurance activities, and lessons for future rail contract selection and oversight;
The processes by which concerns raised by Queensland Rail or other parties regarding the signalling systems or signalling system integration were managed; and
The assurance program being implemented by Queensland Rail in order to have the project commissioned
The review would also consider the Queensland Audit Office’s report, 2015-16 Transport Infrastructure Projects, Mr Hinchliffe said
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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