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AFTER more than a fortnight of train woes and accusations of misleading briefings to Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland Rail has taken out a top project management award.
QR has won the Australian Institute of Project Management’s National Project of the Year award for its Bowen Hills-based rail management centre.
The award was accepted at a “gala dinner” at Sydney’s Dockside Pavilion.
“The new Rail Management Centre is a $40 million investment in the future of the southeast Queensland rail network, to ensure that we continue our impressive on-time running record of more than 95 per cent” QR’s acting chief operating officer Martin Ryan said.
“The project was delivered seven months ahead of time and approximately $9 million under budget.
Commuters wait for a train after 20 Services were cut across Brisbane earlier in the month.“The building of the Rail Management Centre supported more than 800 jobs over the life of the project and boasts world class technologies including the second largest LG control screen in the world.”
AIPM CEO Yvonne Butler said: “The team at QR should be immensely proud of winning this year’s National Project of the Year.
“This year saw some of the strongest competition for the award in memory from right across the country, and to be awarded this honour shows just how strong the submission was right across the board.”
QR’s CEO and chair recently resigned in the wake of a timetable debacle that caused commuter chaos and revelations that advice warning of possible driver shortages was not handed up the chain.
It is understood QR was awarded the top prize a month ago and supplied approved quotes on behalf of the organisation in anticipation of its presentation.
It is further understood QR was not aware that a media release would be sent out about the awards today.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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