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RAILCORP chief executive Vince Graham today downplayed the prospect of a New South Wales rail strike this week over stalled negotiations for a new pay agreement.
NSW Premier Bob Carr will today meet Transport Minister Michael Costa and Mr Graham to discuss ongoing problems with the rail network.
The system has been plagued by late trains, new timetables and drivers calling in sick.
Meanwhile, workers have asked for a 25 per cent pay rise over three years, but management has offered only four per cent a year for three years.
Mr Carr planned to discuss Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) negotiations during today's meeting.
Mr Graham said he expected CityRail train services to operate without interruptions.
"I'm not expecting ... there to be any industrial action this week on CityRail services," he said on ABC radio.
He said a draft proposal for a new timetable would improve reliability and train running times.
The draft timetable should be available in four weeks for public comment before being introduced in September next year.
"There's no doubt a timetable properly constructed to take account of the slower running times and longer station stopping times will do a lot to improve the reliability," he said.
" ... the work we're doing on train crew recruitment, the work we're doing with our fleet maintenance, the work we're doing on the signalling system, all those issues together will produce continuous improvement during the course of next year."
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