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Tuesday 25th April, Session 4

The Impact of Automatic Train Protection on Ways of Working in Australian Rail: Preliminary Findings from the Driver Perspective
Anjum Naweed, Central Queensland University

Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems monitor and control train movements independently of the driver to provide increased safety. However, few studies have investigated the impact that ATP has had on the driver. Given ATP uptake, there is a need to fill this research gap. Using interviews, this study investigated the impact of ATP on traditional train driving in the Australian context. Preliminary findings suggest that uses of ATP are multifarious from the driver perspective and raise further questions for study.

DISCUSSION: Design, Build and Operation of Infrastructure Projects: what should the client specify?
Claire Dickinson, Office of Rail & Road

Transitions to/from ERTMS operation
Alice Monk, RSSB

The roll out of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will expose train drivers to transitions between ERTMS and conventional signalling operation during a journey or work shift. After the transition, there may be a period of adjustment before the driver is completely secure in the new method of operation which leaves potential for degradation in the effectiveness of the driving task. The objective of this research was to identify the safety/performance issues that can be attributed, directly or indirectly, to transitioning between train signalling systems.

SPAD Dashboard: A tool for tracking and analysing factors influencing SPADs
Nora Balfe, Trinity College Dublin

Signals Passed At Danger (SPAD) continue to be a key risk in railway operations, particularly in areas where safety systems such as TPWS are not yet implemented. This paper discusses the investigation of SPAD events on the Irish railway network and proposes a taxonomy and dashboard for tracking the factors influencing human performance in this context. The dashboard allows the performance shaping factors influencing different error types to be explored and analysed, enabling the development of more effective, systematic recommendations.

WORKSHOP: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for staff fatigue. Jeremy Mawhood, Office of Rail and Road

Fatigue contributes to a significant number of incidents across many industries and transport modes. Because so many factors influence fatigue, regulators are encouraging companies to implement a more holistic approach to minimising risks from fatigue, by implementing a multi-faceted fatigue risk management system. Companies are often uncertain how to measure how well their fatigue controls are working. The workshop’s aim is to invite, discuss and compare suggestions on Key Performance Indicators for staff fatigue, to help practitioners make a start on developing a menu of possible fatigue KPIs.

Date & place

25 - 27 April 2017
Staverton Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Organised by


Human Applications
Osmond Ergonomics
Greenstreet Berman
K Sharp
Towergate Insurance
Scandinavian Business Seating
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