People, people, people, you may be celebrating the fact that Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky has resigned. But it’s not that simple.
Just as the replacement of Connex with Metro hasn’t miraculously fixed the trains, neither will everything magically be okay with a new minister at the helm.
She was spot-on last week when she said “If I could fix it overnight I would, but it will take time to fix.”
The irony is that under Kosky’s tenure, almost unprecedented investment has been secured for the train network, including the 38 trains which (if it keeps up with patronage) will relieve overcrowding, and the increased maintenance and better infrastructure which will resolve a lot of the reliability problems we see today. But because she’s leaving now, she won’t be around to see it.
PS. Who will the replacement be? Some have assumed Pallas, because he has the other half of transport — Roads and Ports. I don’t think it’s that simple. Should find out tomorrow.