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Author Topic: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?  (Read 2462 times)

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Public transport is in a failure state in Queensland.  CRR limps along, NGR project seriously compromised, Redcliffe Peninsula Line problems hidden from public assessment.  TransLink and Queensland Rail failures. 

The only thing that has gone reasonably well is the light rail on the Gold Coast, but the rest of the public transport in SEQ is a diabolical mess (including Gold Coast bus to a large degree).

Ever since Mr Scales arrived on the scene it has been a steady path of increasing failure.

I think it is time Mr Scales did the right thing and resigned.  We need a complete change if the mess is to be addressed. 
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 06:49:46 AM »
You need to change the game, not just the players in the game.

Mr Scales is quite limited in what he can do. He was only seconded to QR to hold the fort while Mr Easy was recruited.

I am very much disappointed that Andy Byford from the TTC did not take the job as I have no doubt that a "big gun" like that would have

fixed the mess pronto.

The fix for this mess is of course:

- Get rid of the board and ELT

- Set up PTQ as an asset owner and contract administrator (No direct or in-house operations). Remove PT from TMR.

- Subject ALL PT operators (private and public) to competitive tendering. Those who cannot or do not perform - fire them and get someone else.

Currently, TMR/TransLink has to keep renewing QR's contract irrespective or performance.
Replacing Mr Scales will not change any of that.

Possible Reasons why gov't is running with Easter Timetable

Ignoring RPL shuttles (I'll leave Mr Easy and Mr Scales to explain the logic behind avoiding that) I suspect that:

- the escalated cost of drivers during a public holiday (public holidays attract penalty rates/overtime IIRC) makes "do absolute minimum" very attractive to the politicians and QR's budget.

- Easter has low patronage (and even lower patronage if you scare people away by telling them almost no services will be running) so any cancellations will affect a few people and the fallout from a PR perspective will be much less than Christmas #RailFail.

- the financial hole left behind due to a long track record of multiple cost explosions due to #RailFail and free transport to make up for that also incentivises "do absolute minimum" from the gov't perspective. I suspect they really really want to stop any more cash flowing out of the QR Budget which is looking more and more like water spilling over Wivenhoe Dam's floodgates.

- many QR staff would themselves be on Easter Holiday I expect. I imagine this would cause a domino effect with overtime. The cancellations the weekend before Easter is probably an exercise in freeing up space for overtime for the subsequent (Easter) weekend. Failure to do that might see services cancelled during the week which is obviously forbidden territory.

- It is very hard to screw up a train operation that has barely any trains on it (plus the OTP and service availability metrics will all show 100% and 100% - amazing!!).

The one thing I have not been able to explain here is the hourly timetable being randomised (i.e. non-clockface). Maybe they just ran an optimisation and the cheapest option that minimised break times was the non-clockface one?? I honestly have no idea what the explanation behind that is.

Even if QR eventually does recover back to normal timetable competitive tendering should still be brought in.
You want to make sure that a return to low standards is permanently blocked off with enforceable consequences.

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 07:02:07 AM »
Time for change.  I met with Mr Scales in November and I was given certain commitments, which in the main never materialised. 
I ( and by inference all of you ) were used.

Mr Scales made comments at the recent QR CRG which indicates he is more interested in spin than reality.

Failure has been a constant companion of Mr Scales.  Time he moved on IMHO.

Massive salary for overseeing failure on so many levels.  Not acceptable any more IMHO.  DGs must perform.

Mr Scales was A/CEO when this latest timetable abomination was hatched.  I can accept hourly services for Easter, but cannot accept moving from clock-face times and smashing bus/rail connections.  It is a level of contempt that is breathtaking, and will certainly prove very very costly in political terms.

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 07:33:34 AM »
Queensland Rail is not providing adequate service levels this weekend or Easter. Simple fact.  Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday are busy times.

This coming weekend is a normal retail activity weekend.  Some universities have examinations as well.

They need to be replaced with an organisation or a management team that will deliver the goods.  Even Adelaide does better!   :o

Transport is an essential community service, many people are going to impacted by this shambolic timetable.

Does anyone really think that 2 hour frequency on the Sunshine Coast is adequate?  If you do, I suggest you leave this forum.

Mr Metro: there are plenty of situations where staff work 24/7, 365 days a year.  I did myself as a medical scientist.  It is a matter of having rostering systems that are adequate.  Queensland Rail clearly doesn't !

Your beloved Metro is running 10 minute trains in Melbourne over Easter (thank god I will be there and away from this mess), they seem to be able to manage rostering.
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 07:55:11 AM »
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Your beloved Metro is running 10 minute trains in Melbourne over Easter (thank god I will be there and away from this mess), they seem to be able to manage rostering.

And if Metro does a bad job, they will be fired. As it should be when they - or any other business - does a bad job.

Even politicians get fired at elections if they do a bad job. QR has guaranteed business no matter what - it doesn't make sense.

Maybe you should drop into METRO HQ and ask to see Andrew Lezala. Get a photo with him and put it up on Twitter. Ping Trad and Annastacia.

I can just see the caption: "Hey Deputy Premier, just chatting to rival train operator about how bad QLD train services are. Getting desperate here!!"

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 08:03:43 AM »
Nope. What use will replacing Mr. Scales achieve if it's the board that's the issue?
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2017, 08:16:09 AM »
Nope. What use will replacing Mr. Scales achieve if it's the board that's the issue?

It is the entire upper echelons ..  got to start somewhere ..
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2017, 08:19:50 AM »
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Failure has been a constant companion of Mr Scales.  Time he moved on IMHO.


agreed ozbob....he hasn't actually achieved anything positive as of 2012 when he left merseytravel and moved to TL/TMR.
his linked-in profile clearly shows that...he lists his achievements at Mersey(did have 'some' success there).....then for the next 2 entries.....simply describes the organisation and that's it.....

I think he has an issue when dealing with politicians/other organisations.....none more evident than 'copping it sweet' when translink was shunted down to the powerless organisation we see today.....failed to secure more funds for problem routes like the 522 or early finishing routes on the gold coast.....does anyone have any evidence that he argued for more funds or at least put up a fight when translink was shunted?


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But Merseytravel had believed it could be improved further if the transport authority was given power over the track from Network Rail, known as vertical integration.

Merseytravel spent £1.5m investigating the plan, but the Labour-run authority performed a U-turn on the policy in June saying it was no longer convinced it was a good idea.

The U-turn is thought to have driven a wedge between chairman Cllr Dowd and Mr Scales, although this was denied as the reason for his departure.

The low point of Mr Scales’ tenure will be the £70m spent on the failed Merseytram scheme without a single piece of track being laid.

The authority borrowed £50m, and is spending almost £5m each year to pay off the debt.

The Audit Commission said if Merseytravel and Liverpool council had been able to work together, the scheme could have succeeded.
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseytravel-chief-executive-neil-scales-3357586


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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 08:23:38 AM »
Spot on TB.    Sometimes it is best to call it as it is.  Limping along as we do in Queensland at present is not getting us anywhere.
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 11:02:19 AM »
Failure to foresee RailFail
Poor management of Xmas, SSHTT, and Easter timetables
NGR project failure
MBRL signalling failure

He's gotta go!

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 11:27:56 AM »
Indeed.  I am calling it ...  :P

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2017, 11:43:39 AM »
Failure to foresee RailFail
Poor management of Xmas, SSHTT, and Easter timetables
NGR project failure
MBRL signalling failure

He's gotta go!

And he did state the 2017 timetable was it for the year.  What's next?  4 hour trains on the Sunny Coast, 2 hourly everywhere else?
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2017, 12:27:18 PM »
Failure to foresee RailFail
Poor management of Xmas, SSHTT, and Easter timetables
NGR project failure
MBRL signalling failure

He's gotta go!

also oversaw paul pluta gagging/foi requests
oversaw the board who were purposely withholding boardroom meeting documents from mr Strachan......forcing the premier to hold a 'please xplain' with QR

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 12:37:01 PM »
DTMR is at the apex of failure.

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2017, 12:52:25 PM »
Failure to foresee RailFail
Poor management of Xmas, SSHTT, and Easter timetables
NGR project failure
MBRL signalling failure

He's gotta go!

also oversaw paul pluta gagging/foi requests
oversaw the board who were purposely withholding boardroom meeting documents from mr Strachan......forcing the premier to hold a 'please xplain' with QR
I actually have a blog post coming on the lack of RTI releases related to NGR. It's one big cover up.

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
My position on this thread question.

Unequivocal YES.
He's a common thread throughout all of the transport failures.
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2017, 01:32:33 PM »
One has to ask whether DTMR should be separated back into the "Department of Transport" and "Department of Main Roads" respectively.  :is-
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2017, 02:43:17 PM »
One has to ask whether DTMR should be separated back into the "Department of Transport" and "Department of Main Roads" respectively.  :is-

That is exactly what we are proposing essentially Arnz.  Public Transport Queensland (similar to PTA - WA )  see > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=12341.0

I am firmly of the belief that unless that is achieved public transport in SEQ will not improve.
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2017, 02:50:24 AM »
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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2017, 02:55:56 AM »
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2017, 07:45:35 AM »
Discussion re NGR > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=3706.msg190552#msg190552

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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2017, 02:34:48 AM »
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2017, 03:45:14 AM »
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2017, 05:45:06 PM »
Mr Scales should not be given the option of resigning, he should be sacked together with the Queensland Rail Board

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2017, 05:52:19 PM »
Mr Scales should not be given the option of resigning, he should be sacked together with the Queensland Rail Board

+ whatever's left of the ELT.

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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2017, 03:27:30 AM »
+1  :-t
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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2017, 09:11:48 AM »
I support the full sacking of the entire QR board and Mr. Neil Scales. It's time to clean the rot out and get this mess sorted out pronto.

The Commonwealth Games are 12 months away. We can't allow another Christmas style fiasco when the world is watching SEQ.

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Re: Do you support a call for the resignation of Mr Neil Scales DG DTMR?
« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2017, 08:47:14 PM »
So much has happened on Mr Scales' watch.  Unprecedented.

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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2017, 02:27:41 AM »
I would suggest it has been an ongoing cluster-fuk ...   :-t
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