Arc Infrastructure is responsible for managing the safe operation of the rail network, as well as the safety of people accessing the rail corridor. In order to do this, it is critical we control and monitor access.
The rail corridor is private property and, for the safety of our employees, customers, contractors and the wider community, it is illegal for anyone to enter the corridor without appropriate permissions.
There are a range of people who are required to interact with the rail corridor, including State and local governments, above-rail operators, private companies, regulatory bodies, contractors and consultants, emergency service providers and authorised members of the community. These people are only permitted to have access to the rail corridor following the completion of a formal application process and authorisation from Arc Infrastructure.
It’s important to contact Arc Infrastructure in the early planning stages for any potential activity with a rail corridor interface to ensure each party can achieve what they set out to do.
Below is some information about situations where corridor access may be required. If you have a query regarding access to Arc Infrastructure’s rail corridor, you can find the relevant contact details in the information below.
Third Party Projects & Installations
All projects that involve access or construction in, under or over the Arc Infrastructure corridor that are not projects initiated by Arc Infrastructure require approval. For example, road realignment, bridge or tunnel installation, new rail connections to the network or maintenance to existing interfacing infrastructure (bridges, earthworks etc.)
This also includes all services to be installed under, over or alongside the rail corridor including gas, power, water and telecoms. Whilst we acknowledge that there are Laws and Acts that govern certain service installations, it is important to note that all works must be carried out under Arc Infrastructure accreditation and Arc Infrastructure must approve these works to ensure that there is no adverse impact to the safety of rail operations.
Arc Infrastructure receives roughly 200 applications requesting access to our corridor each year. We work regularly with these organisations to ensure their works are carried out safely and without compromising the integrity of the freight rail network.
find out more about how to apply, fees and payment methods, please contact the Third Party Services team on email@example.com
Arc Infrastructure must be notified of all works and activities carried out by adjacent landowners including alterations to boundary fencing, high risk building and construction activities including crane lifting, deep excavations, drainage or discharge adjacent to rail corridor and large land developments resulting in changed traffic conditions in proximity to the railway.
If you wish to contact a Corridor Interface team member please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Level crossing interface agreements
An interface agreement is a written agreement between the road manager and rail infrastructure manager, which details the management of safety risks at locations where road and railway tracks cross. The agreement can cover one or more level crossings.
Interface Agreements are a legislative requirement under the Rail Safety National Law (WA) Act 2015.
The Act places obligations on road managers and rail infrastructure managers to ensure safety risks at each level crossing are identified, assessed and managed. The Interface Agreement is a formal agreement between both parties on the management of these safety risks.
The Interface Agreement may contain information on:
- Implementing and maintaining measures for managing risks
- The roles and responsibilities of each party to the agreement
- How each party will monitor compliance with their obligations under the agreement
- A process for keeping the agreement under review and how any review will be conducted and implemented
Safety Interface Agreements involve a range of parties, including rail infrastructure managers, this includes Arc Infrastructure as the manager of the West Australian freight rail network, and road managers, including private and public road managers.
Private road managers are land owners who use a level crossing to access their property, or different parts of their property located on either side of the track.
Public roads that intersect with the track are generally managed by either Main Roads Western Australia who manage public freeways, major highways and arterial roads, or the Shire/City responsible for roads and footpaths within their Local Government area.
If you have a query regarding Interface Agreements, please email email@example.com