Rodd Staples steps down as Transport for NSW chief

Rodd Staples steps down as Transport for NSW chief

18th November 2020 Off By adpublisher

NSW’s top transport chief Rodd Staples will depart after three years in the role, as the government seeks a “new direction” for the agency overseeing the largest transport projects in the country.

Mr Staples, who took over from Tim Reardon – now head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet – as Transport for NSW secretary at the start of 2018, will leave the role in February.

His departure comes as Transport for NSW is embroiled in controversy over the purchase of a highly contaminated site at Camellia, near Parramatta. Mr Staples was not in the top job at the time of the the purchase of the property in 2016, but instead was head of the Sydney Metro rail projects.

Rodd Staples has been the Transport for NSW secretary for the last three years.Credit:Wolter Peeters

Mr Staples told his senior executives about his departure on Wednesday afternoon.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said Mr Staples had seen the agency through the toughest of days but “now is the time for a new focus on delivering our record infrastructure program”.

Before the election of the Coalition government in 2011, Mr Staples had been in charge of the former Labor government’s controversial Sydney Metro plans.

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