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RailwaySafetyRegulatorANA reports that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has lifted its ban preventing the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) from using manual authorisation for train operations, subject to certain conditions.  This followed a meeting between the senior management of the RSR and Prasa on Friday.  

Prasa uses manual authorisation when railway traffic lights malfunction, allowing train control officials to manually instruct train drivers on whether they needed to stop for another train to pass or if they could continue.  Prasa submitted a corrective action plan to the RSR detailing how it intended to address issues pertaining to manual authorisations of trains during degraded train operations.  “The RSR has considered the corrective action plan and is satisfied that Prasa has adequately demonstrated their commitment to address safety concerns raised by the regulator,” the RSR indicated.  The RSR issued the ban after Prasa’s apparent failure to prevent train accidents.  The most recent was in Geldenhuys station in Germiston in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng last week.  More than 200 passengers were reportedly injured when a train smashed into the back of a stationary locomotive.  The RSR said the accident was caused by human error.

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