SYDNEY’S trains are going to be given a London edge, when the boss of the Tube takes over as network chief.
Under a new plan proposed by the NSW government, two new rail agencies, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, will replace the current RailCorp from 1 July.
The man appointed to run the new Sydney Trains agency is current London Underground chief, Howard Collins.
‘Howard the Tube man’ is how London Mayor Boris Johnson affectionately referred to Howard Collins, paying tribute to his restoration of the Underground following the terrorist attacks in 2005.
NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said Mr Collins was selected after a worldwide search for a new chief executive of Sydney Trains agency.
“Mr Collins has enormous expertise in running a major network; in fact, he’s dealt with having to deal with up to 4 million passenger services a day or passenger movements a day,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“He brings with him enormous customer service experience but also great experience in safety, and that’s exactly what we need here in Sydney, in New South Wales.”
Mr Collins leaves the UK after a 35 year career in London public transport, having been made an OBE for his management of public transport at the London Olympics.
Ms Berejiklian named Rob Mason as the chief executive of NSW Trains.
Mr Mason also comes to NSW with an impressive resume, having spent 25 years at a senior level in Australian and British transport.