LU COO Howard Collins is to run the Sydney suburban rail network
Howard Collins OBE, the London Underground chief operations officer who played a large role in the efficient delivery of public transport to the 2012 Olympics, is leaving to run the suburban rail network in Sydney, Australia.
RailCorp, the operator of New South Wales trains, will be dissolved from July. Sydney Trains will operate most suburban services and NSW Trains will run services from regions such as the central coast and Wollongong as well as CountryLink.
The role of the chief executive of RailCorp, Rob Mason, will be downgraded. Mr Mason will take over as NSW Trains chief.
Mr Collins, 54, who received an OBE for his services to the Games, will take up the £355,000-a-year post of chief executive officer of Sydney Trains in June.
On a recent visit there he is reported as being shocked by traffic congestion and the state of the rail network. “It reminded me of the London Underground 25 years ago in terms of the ticketing, the technology, the environment.”
The Sydney Daily Telegraph wished him “all the very best of luck… the same thing we say to anyone trying to catch a Sydney train”.