27 January 2021
Keolis Downer has received accreditation from the National Rail Safety Regulator and will start operating the Adelaide Metro train services as planned on 31 January 2021.
Sandra Wilson-Ryke, Keolis Downer’s HSQE Director, responsible for safety, said: “The accreditation process has proceeded according to an agreed schedule, in close consultation with ONRSR. We are very pleased about the way we have collaborated with the safety regulator throughout this process.”
Ms Wilson-Ryke said Keolis Downer’s primary focus is safety, for its passengers, its people, and the environment in which the company operates, through its “Zero Harm” approach. “We have safety accreditation in place in all our operations and a strong safety culture at all levels of the organisation. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the safety regulator and operate the rail service in Adelaide at the highest standards.”
Ms Wilson-Ryke transferred to Keolis Downer Adelaide last year from Keolis Downer Gold Coast, where she was responsible for safety, quality and environment for the award-winning G:link light rail service. During more than 18 years in the Australian railway industry, Ms Wilson-Ryke has been central in driving national regulatory standardisation and efficiency within the field of safety.
In her previous role with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, Ms Wilson-Ryke developed the Corporate Risk Framework, an integrated and interactive Safety Management System and a Safety Strategy which provided for continuous improvement in organisational safety culture.
“I grew up in Adelaide and I am delighted to be leading safety for the delivery of the Adelaide Metro rail services. This contract has given me the opportunity to come back home, bringing with me a breadth of experience and knowledge that will enable us to develop a strong safety culture, and deliver better services for the benefit of local communities.”
About Keolis Downer
Keolis Downer is a leading operator and integrator of public transport in Australia. With nearly 5,000 employees and a presence in five states, Keolis Downer enables 350 million passenger journeys per year. We operate and maintain the largest tram network in the world in Melbourne (Yarra Trams), the light rail network on the Gold Coast (G:link), and more than 1,000 buses in NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. From 31 January 2021, we will also operate the Adelaide Metro train services.
Established in 2009, Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, a leading public transport operator established in 15 countries, and Downer, the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.
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