The changes announced in Saturday's 'Star' in connection The Railway with the Railway Staff Staff. are made in conformity with the recommendations contained in the proposals of the new General Manager (Mr Hile.y), and submitted to Parliament a few months ago. In addition to the appointment of a commercial agent, who will be located at the head office (Wellington), four assistant district, traffic managerships have been created. The effect of this latter noncentralisation policy will hp that matters arising in tlio traffic branch of the service between the department and the public will bo dealt with locally, instead of being sent to headquarters for adjustment—an. arrangement which must tend to more prompt settlement. For instance, applications for alterations in the times of running of trains or stoppage* at stations will in future bo decided on the spot. To refer those, points to the General Manager, who, naturaily, had to be guided solely by the advice of his departmental ofb'cers, tended to cause needless dela.y in administration.
Art innovation In our State-owned railways is the appointment of a commercial agent, ami the first representative is Mr T. W. Waite,. who lias over 30 .years' service in the department, and is at [iresent traffic manager for Otago. His duty will relate, to the oori.sideration of means by which new traffic can be created, and it will bo his business to keep in close touch with the travelling public. \\fr A. K. Harris has been promoted to the position of assistant district traffic manager at Dunedin, and the excellent, relations existing between him and the larger useri of the. railway may be taken as an indication that the appointment will give satisfaction to the trading community on the Otago section of our railways-. The strengthening of tho district traffic offices at the four centres and the complete redistribution of the staff, it may be mentioned incidentally, do not involve any expenditure, out of loan money.
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915