Ross Hunter

Principal Advisor - Rail

Ross has more than 40 years’ experience in the rail industry, covering construction delivery, project management, capital program management and transport planning. He has held Project Manager and Project Director roles in both rail infrastructure and rollingstock projects, covering major new railway construction projects, new freight terminals and workshops, upgrades to existing infrastructure and the acquisition of locomotives, wagons and passenger vehicles.

At Queensland Rail, Ross led delivery of major capital works programs including two new major passenger railways – the 46km Beenleigh-Gold Coast and 10km Thorneside-Cleveland projects. In addition, he was responsible for major capacity upgrades within the Brisbane metro network and the Brisbane-Cairns and Townsville-Mount Isa regional freight lines.

Ross led the North Coast Line Mainline Upgrade Project, which replaced almost 800 rail bridges, strengthened a further 120 bridges, constructed 120km of new straightened track on deviations and strengthened the balance of the 1680km Brisbane-Cairns route.

Ross was also responsible for the acquisition of new rollingstock, including separate contracts for 50 new diesel locomotives, 22 electric locomotives, over 50 three car electric multiple units, four tilt trains, and over 2,500 coal, bulk minerals and container wagons. Procurement strategies included a range of outsourcing and insourcing, from construct only to design and construct, partnering and alliancing.

Since joining Ranbury, Ross has been appointed in senior advisory roles including 3 years’ secondment into Department of Transport and Main Roads advising on rail and port activities for the Queensland resources sector. Ross also co-developed the rail strategy for Connecting SEQ 2031, the South East Queensland (SEQ) integrated regional transport plan in 2011.

He has been Project Director on a number of major rail corridor studies in Queensland including the Southern Freight Rail Corridor and Bundaberg Port Rail Corridor Study and Strategic Advisor on the Australian Trade Coast Transport Study and Gladstone State Development Area infrastructure land use project.

Ross’ 30 year career at Queensland Rail culminated in his appointment as Group General Manager – Technical Services, where he was responsible for 500 professional and technical staff across all rail engineering disciplines. Ross joined Ranbury in 2003.

Ross is a graduate of the University of Queensland.


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