The Commission recommends that the Chief Executive of KiwiRail ensures that appropriate protocols and/or arrangements are in place, and are being applied, to properly manage and coordinate routine and unplanned track infrastructure activity so that train controllers are able to perform their safety critical function without becoming unduly distracted or burdened.
Recommendations 013/13, 014/13, 015/13 and 016/13 made to the Chief Executive of KiwiRail are accepted. Recommendation 017/13 directed to the Chief Executive of the NZ Transport Agency is noted. KiwiRail will begin discussions with the NZ Transport Agency on the strategies to implement these recommendations upon release of this report. Details on these strategies along with projected timeframes for implementation will be advised to the Commission.