Retired judge to lead inquiry into Qld’s New Generation Rollingstock trains

A FORMER judge will conduct an inquiry into the procurement of Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock trains, and their failure to comply with disability laws.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed in statement on Monday evening that retired District Court judge Michael Forde will lead the inquiry.

“His appointment was approved by cabinet this morning,” Ms Palaszczuk said.


“Mr Forde will be able to access relevant documents in the procurement process including technical specifications, design approvals and cabinet documents.”

It’s understood the inquiry into Queensland’s flawed fleet will begin in August with Mr Forde expected to make recommendations to the State Government late this year.

“Mr Forde’s full terms of reference will be released once approved by Executive Council,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The $4.4 billion NGR trains have faced criticism because of a number of disability access issues.