Les Wielinga resigns from RTA to head up Sydney Metro Authority

By: Chris Smith

RTA’s Chief Executive Officer Les Wielinga has resigned. Wielinga was appointed CEO on July 11, 2006 and leaves to head

RTA’s Chief Executive Officer Les Wielinga has resigned.

Wielinga was appointed CEO on July 11, 2006 and leaves to head up the NSW Government’s new Sydney Metro Authority.

The RTA’s Director of Network Management, Michael Bushby, will take over as Acting Chief executive Officer from February 16.

Bushby has extensive experience both in NSW having worked at the RTA since 1998, but also before that in various other roles in engineering and road management.

The Government will formally appoint a new RTA CEO in the coming months.

Minister for Transport David Campbell says Wielinga will bring great experience to the organisation that will deliver Australia’s first metro rail system.

"The Sydney Metro Authority will manage the construction and delivery of this vital infrastructure project, currently estimated at $4.8 billion," Campbell says.

"Mr Wielinga has a big job on his hands but he is very well qualified and the best person to deliver this new transport mode for NSW.

"Les Wielinga has more than 30 years experience in transport ranging from strategic planning to the
development and delivery of a wide range of large pieces of infrastructure for NSW."

Campbell says he is excited by the establishment of the Sydney Metro Authority, which comes into effect on January 27.

"Mr Wielinga will officially take on the role from February 16, while up until then the current project director Rodd Staples will remain in charge," he says.

"The construction of the CBD Metro will be a cash injection into the NSW economy with over $4 billion earmarked for this project over the next six years.

"The project will help create jobs in the areas of excavation, construction and ongoing operation of the Metro."

Wielinga says he is looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of establishing and running the new agency, which will employ around 100 people.

"The proposed Sydney Metro rail system is vital for the future of Sydney and as the CEO I will focus my team on the all important task of project delivery," Wielinga says.

"The staff of the Sydney Metro Authority and I will be working to deliver a metro system that will be the
future of public transport for the people of NSW."

The CBD Metro will run under the city to provide a new, fast and efficient mode of transport for Sydney-siders, while also freeing up space on the CityRail network.

"This is the future of public transport in Sydney and it is important that we get the start up process right," Campbell says.

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