Passenger Transport Group

The ARA’s passenger rail portfolio is led by the Passenger Transport Group (PTG), an Executive Committee that reports directly to the ARA Board.

Comprised of Chief Executives and Managing Directors of passenger rail operators around Australia and New Zealand, the PTG includes representation from all regional, urban and metro heavy rail systems and light rail networks around Australasia.


Current members of the PTG are as follows:

  • Howard Collins, Sydney Trains  (Chair)
  • Emma Thomas, Capital Metro (Deputy Chair)
  • Anne Alford, Dept. of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia
  • Rene Lalande, Transdev Australasia
  • Andrew Lezala, Metro Trains Australia
  • Peter Allaway, NSW Trainlink
  • Mark Burgess, Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
  • Nick Easy, Queensland Rail
  • Michel Ladrak, Transdev Auckland
  • Alan Bannister, Transdev Wellington
  • James Pinder, V/Line
  • Nicolas Gindt, Yarra Trams
  • Loretta Lynch, KDR Gold Coast



The PTG has developed a vision for passenger rail.

“Aligning the interests of passenger rail operators through pro-active advocacy that:

  • Builds a visible, long term pipeline of infrastructure improvements including new passenger rail systems, new lines, stations, rollingstock and amenities;
  • Ensures continued investment in passenger rail projects by all levels of government;
  • Enhances safety through a co-regulatory model, and;
  • Establishes operational best practice in order to minimise costs and maximise customer experience.”



To achieve the above vision, the PTG has developed an accompanying strategy. The strategy focuses on six key platforms; safety, technology, funding and investment, asset management, information sharing and accessibility and integration. Through the PTG, the ARA will work to deliver the actions outlined in this strategy between 2016 and 2018 to achieve the vision of the PTG.

To view the PTG’s passenger rail strategy in full, click here. To view a two-page overview of the strategy, click here.

A copy of the PTG Terms of Reference is available here.


More information

For more information on the PTG, please contact Emma Woods via or 02 6270 4507.