QR warned about staffing


A FOR­MER Queens­land Rail ex­ec­u­tive who com­plained he was made a scape­goat for the rail fail ac­tu­ally pre­dicted the im­pend­ing trou­ble al­most to the day in a 2013 re­port that lay hid­den for three years.

For­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kevin Wright – who was forced to re­tire in the aftermath of the Christ­mas Day bun­gle that saw a third of servi- how it could have been put back on track again,” Mr Wright said.

Mr Hinch­liffe re­fused to be drawn on the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing he be­lieved the Strachan re­port spoke for it­self.

The re­port ref­er­ences the 2013 plan, say­ing that al­though the risk of crew short­fall was iden­ti­fied as far back as then, “th­ese fore­casts were not acted on or used to in­form re­sponses to ad­dress the short­fall”.

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