Southern Trains plan to make their trains Driver Only Operation - RMT says Keep the Guard on the Train
Please read our booklet 'The safety Critical role of the Guard'.
Southern plans to abolish guards and introduce Driver Only Operated trains on nearly all their services through Surrey and Sussex. This is a threat to your safety and security.
If they get their way up to 400 Guards could lose jobs.
Driver Only Operation means the driver will be the only guaranteed member of staff on the train. The driver will be expected to drive the train and be responsible for passenger safety.
If you think that sounds unsafe then you’re right!
Currently, both the driver and the guard protect the safety of the train. Guards must be fully trained in operational safety and route knowledge, including being able to secure the doors safely, protecting the train and acting in emergencies such as derailments or fires.
Independent inquiries after train crashes and fatalities have consistently said that we need on-board staff trained in protection and evacuation procedure.
If there is an accident, antisocial behaviour, or even a terrorist attack, the guard can call for assistance and inform and reassure passengers.
It’s about profit instead of safety!
Southern will try and to tell you that advances in technology mean Driver Only Operated trains are safe and have worked elsewhere. But that’s because they want to save money so that the rail fat cats can keep making massive profits out of the privatised railway. GTR Southern is the largest private franchise in the UK raking in millions each year for its joint owners Go-Ahead and French state owned operator Keolis.
A passenger was dragged along the platform and badly injured after her bag was trapped in the door of a Driver Only Operated train at Hayes and Harlington on 25 July 2015