Spanish Ad-Hoc committee to investigate signalling state in Spain forms.

The committee that was mandated by the Spanish government on Sunday and who already had its first meeting, is just one of two committees that is investigation the current state of railway safety and signaling, including ASFA, LZB and ERTMS in Spain. The committee which focuses solely on the Santiago accident of the 24th of July is executed by CIAF – an accident investigation committee that had been in place since 2007 and becomes operational when an safety incident or accident happens. The new “ad-hoc” committee that the government mandated over the weekend is merely technical, and looks at the nationwide state, not just the technical details of the derailment in Santiago.

The ad-hoc committee consists of 11 members and one secretary, the latter representing the government. The president is Ignacio Barron, is director of “Travelers, High Speed ​​and stations” and coordinator for Latin America at the International Union of Railways (UIC). “It seems appropriate to take this approach in an industry as complex as the railways,” he said yesterday after completing the first meeting. For the preparation of the report he will work with colleagues and external experts but also count on the assistance of representatives of Renfe and ADIF, according to Barron.

Members of the committee will meet once a month from now until the end of the report, which is due in February 2014. They are mostly civil engineers, a mechanical engineer, two industrial engineers, a telecommunications engineer and PhD holder from the School of Engineering will work with two physicists.

(Update 21:48)

The names of the exact members have been published:

  • Ignacio Barrón de Angoiti
  • Andrés López Pita, Civil engineer at the Polytechnical University in Catalunya, international expert on AVE
  • Gonzalo Echagüe Méndez de Vigo, president of the Physical Engineering College
  • Jesús Félez Mindán, director Politechnical University of Madrid
  • Antonio Fernández Cardador (University Pontificia de Comillas, director of Master in Railway)
  • Eugenio Fontán Oñate, deacon of School of Engineering in Telecommunications
  • Fernando Montes Ponce de León, member of the technical committee of IRSE and ERTMS Steering Committee (from 2000-2004 project director for ERTMS in Europe for Invensys Rail)
  • Fernando Nebot Beltrán, editor for normative regulation in Spanish Rail and representative in the  EU for various railway committees on behalf of Spain
  • Margarita Novales Ordax, engineer and professor of the Engineering School in La Coruña
  • Emilio Olías Ruiz, engineer of the Polytechnical University in Madrid and has participated in numerous investigations
  • Jesús Rodríguez Cortezo, president of the council for Industrial Engineering Schools