Our Ref: HSR/1/3
Head Office Circular: NP/384/21
18th October 2021
To: The Secretary
RSSB T1211 PROJECT – DEFINING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REMOTE CONNECTIVITY TRAIN DISPATCH
I write further to Head Office Circular NP/355/21, dated 20th September to inform you that your National Executive Committee (NEC) met on 14th October 2021, to discuss a report from its Health and Safety Sub-committee relating to the RSSB business case for their T1211 project. In their business case the RSSB explain the economic and risk-based case to justify the need for remote connectivity of TRTS (Train Ready to Start) / CD (Close Doors) / RA (right Away) equipment.
The report adopted by the NEC is as follows:
We note the correspondence on file from RSSB in which they request a response to their draft business case for the T1211 project.
We instruct the GS to respond by explaining that RMT do not accept there is a need for remote connectivity train dispatch - and due to this there is not a business case for the project.
If any fixed train dispatch equipment is poorly sited this should be addressed – and factors mentioned in the business case which can occasionally lead to delay in train dispatch must be addressed by having fully staffed stations – and not through remote train dispatch.
Actions such as these negate the need to remote connectivity train dispatch equipment.
Branches and Regional Councils to be informed
I am acting in accordance with these instructions and will keep members advised of any developments.
Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.