Transport for NSW boss proposes further restructures

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday June 29, 2020


The New South Wales government’s main transport department could absorb corporate roles from two smaller organisations just months after the agencies experienced a major restructure.

In an internal email seen by the Sydney Morning Herald, Transport for NSW secretary Rodd Staples on Thursday said a number of roles at Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink could be integrated into his agency under a new proposal.

Corporate roles including finance and business services would be reshuffled, but frontline and service-delivery roles would not be affected.

Transport for NSW has begun a consultation process with key staff members regarding the proposal. The agency has said all Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink frontline operations would continue to operate as usual, and the management of core service delivery responsibilities would go unchanged.

New appointments

Transport for NSW deputy secretary Anne Hayes will become acting CEO of the Transport Asset Holding Entity, for a period of six months.

Suzanne Holden will lead Sydney Trains after its former head, Howard Collins, was seconded to another role within the agency last year. Stewart Mills had been filling in as acting chief executive in the meantime.

Collins’ move to another division was part of a major restructure of the state’s transport agencies, which led to a spill of at least 25 senior management roles and saw the Roads and Maritime Services subsumed by Transport for NSW.

Read more: Major NSW transport exec reshuffle to be finalised next month

The federal and NSW governments on Monday announced they would make a joint investment of $1 billion to go towards “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects and road safety upgrades across the state, including:

  • $240 million to fix 11 congestion hotspots around Sydney,
  • $382 million to help local councils upgrade roads across regional NSW,
  • $398 million for road safety projects in regional areas.

NSW regional transport and roads minister Paul Toole said the first round of funding would deliver more than 258 projects across 83 local government areas.

“This is money for small projects that make a big difference in people’s everyday lives in regional NSW,” he said.

“It means communities right across the State will see work starting on the local roads in their area as soon as next month.”

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