Locals building local

Michael Duncan

Michael Duncan is an Apprentice Electrician working on the European Train Control System (ETCS), the new, world-class railway signalling system that’s being installed by Hitachi Rail as part of the Cross River Rail Project. After five years in the electronics manufacturing industry, Michael made the decision to switch to a career as an electrician and he hasn’t looked back. Now in the second year of his apprenticeship, he’s part of the team that’s manufacturing and assembling the signalling equipment and housing being installed on the Brisbane rail network.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The hands-on learning experience I’m getting in an advancing industry with ever-evolving technology. I also appreciate the opportunity to work alongside professionals who have been in the job for many years, and who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with me.

What’s the best thing about being part of building Cross River Rail?

Being part of a large-scale project, incorporating industry-leading technology, that Queensland (and Queenslanders) will benefit from for many years to come.

Sonya Osborne

Sonya Osborne is the Health, Safety and Environment Advisor for the European Train Control System (ETCS) Project as part of Cross River Rail. Sonya has more than 20 years’ experience working in health and safety on large-scale civil construction projects.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I’m really proud to be part of a team delivering a world-class railway signalling system in South-East Queensland to increase capacity and enhance the safety on our rail network.

It’s also exciting to be adding rail to my work portfolio! I can now say I’ve worked on the complete suite of transport projects, having already worked on airport and road projects.

Health and safety are such vital parts of any infrastructure project, and I enjoy applying my skills and experience while learning about new industries and their specific safety needs.

What’s the best thing about being part of building Cross River Rail?

Working for Hitachi Rail on the ETCS Project is a unique opportunity. It’s fantastic to think Brisbane will have the same, advanced railway signalling technology that’s used in some of the world’s biggest cities.

Safety is about people, and I’m passionate about creating a safe work culture for our teams no matter whether they are working inside the rail corridor, in our assembly facility and factory, or in our offices.