‘Scapegoat’ officer predicted train driver shortfall
ces cancelled – yesterday broke his silence to blame the union and Government for the saga.
He said union-negotiated crew breaks that complicated rostering were squarely to blame for mass cancellations that plagued the network from October last year after the opening of the Redcliffe line and introduction of a new timetable.
But a secret report written by Mr Wright in May 2013 shows that, even before the new rules and timetable, he foresaw the impending trouble.
His Workforce and Resource Plan 2013-18, seen by The Courier-Mail, said demand would far outstrip driver numbers by December 2016 – that’s just three months after the problems actually happened.
“If services continued under current operating models (ie ‘business as usual’), a gap of 28 drivers per month and 33 guards per month (averaged over five years) has been identified over coming years,” it said.
But Mr Wright told the ABC there would have been no issues last year if it hadn’t been for the new union breaks.
Dropping them would have fixed the problem “straight away”. He said he had been frustrated that former transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe had not listened to his advice.
“I think that I was a scapegoat for something that could have been fixed had the right people taken action to listen to