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A SUNSHINE Coast rail standards advocate holds high hopes for the new Queensland Rail chief to deliver a better deal for the region's commuters.
Sunshine Coast rail advocate Jeff Addison said previous conversations with the new CEO Glen Dawe were promising.
He hopes with Mr Dawe at the helm of the rail company, the Sunshine Coast would have a look-in for more efficient scheduling and the north coast rail duplication, which have been the bane of existence for commuters.
Mr Dawe was appointed CEO of Queensland Rail on Thursday after 12 months as chairman.
Prior to that Mr Dawe had extensive experience in the rail industry, most recently his roles included being national manager rail transport, Manildra Group and general manager Rail Infrastructure Corporation NSW.
"I met with Mr Dawe on September 10 last year at the Queensland Rail office when he was chair," Mr Addison said. "The first thing he asked me was 'what can I do to make the Sunshine Coast happy?'
"We had an hour-long conversation and I highlighted the need for toilets on trains to Brisbane, and also raised the rail duplication that we desperately need to have faster trains."
Mr Dawe was appointed from a short list of four candidates from a field of more than 70 applicants, some international.
"He took my comments on board and acknowledged that there had been issues with reliability and issues on trains and he worked to resolve that and the recent figures on trains really can be attributed to him," Mr Addison said.
The Daily requested an interview with Mr Dawe, but Queensland Rail failed to respond.
This article first appeared on www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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