QUEENSLAND transport minister Mark Bailey says new Queensland Rail chair David Marchant has the right mix of skills to lead the organization into the future.

Mr Marchant already has been a “steady hand” during a period as interim chair.

He is to lead QR during a time when south east Queensland’s transport infrastructure is set to undergo a major transformation.

“He has been part of Queensland Rail’s team through the challenges of recent years and possesses the right mix of skills to lead that team,” Mr Marchant said.

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Mr Bailey said Mr Marchant had served on Queensland Rail’s board since 2015 and was reappointed to the board for another three years in 2018.

“David received an Order of Australia in 2013 for service to the rail industry and has also occupied leadership roles with the Australian Railway Association and Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board,” the minister said.

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