Queensland Rail CEO and chairman resign over train debacle

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe will have his first meeting with the new acting boss of Queensland Rail, after the CEO and chairman both resigned on Thursday afternoon.

Neil Scales, the director-general of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, will take the spot of chief executive after Helen Gluer and board chairman Michael Klug took the fall for the staffing debacle which saw hundreds of services cancelled.

Mr Scales will fill the position until a replacement is found for Ms Gluer.


Ms Gluer last week took full responsibility for last Friday’s debacle, which also lead to the dismissal of the head of QR’s train service delivery.

The Liberal National Party opposition have continued to call for the sacking of Mr Hinchliffe, saying the problems will only continue from here.

Transport spokesman Andrew Powell refused to answer questions about the 25 trainers that were made redundant under the Newman government, and how those cuts impacted the current predicament.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an inquiry into the matter, sharing rail commuters’ frustrations.


An interim service timetable released early this week has about 30 services cut each weekday, with others changed.