Driver Only Trains will increase the dangers for disabled

Driver Only Trains will increase the dangers for disabled

15 July 2016

RMT Press Office:

Driver Only Trains will increase the dangers and disadvantages faced by disabled and vulnerable passengers as parliamentary answers reveal 7 out of 10 ScotRail stations are unstaffed.

Rail UNION RMT warned today that Driver Only Operation, which will remove the guarantee of a safety-critical guard on trains, will further increase the “dangers and disadvantages” faced by disabled and vulnerable passengers at unstaffed stations as new parliamentary answers reveal an astonishing 7 out of 10 ScotRail stations are unstaffed.
 
Driver Only Operation will end the guarantee that a guard, in addition to the driver, will always be on the train to assist passengers with disabilities and to deter anti-social behaviour.


At recent First Minister Questions the First Minister refused to agree that disabled and other vulnerable passengers will keep the guarantee of a conductor on services threatened by Driver Only Operation.  


Now Parliamentary answers have revealed that 214 of Scotrails 346 stations are unstaffed and further questions have been tabled by MSPs querying whether Driver Only Operated Trains are in breach of equality legislation and obligations (see notes to editors below)

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“It is clear as day that the overall policy is to move to a faceless railway in Scotland with both trains and stations de-staffed in the name of corporate profit – profits that are shifted to Holland to subsidise their rail services. The consequences for personal safety, disabled access and the overall safe operation of rail services are simply horrific.

“As our members strike again this weekend in defence of safety it is wholly unacceptable for the Scottish Government to sit on their hands in the face of the clearest possible evidence that the railway system in Scotland is being turned into a criminals’ paradise which excludes people with diabilities.

“The Scottish Government should be dragging their contractors Abellio/Scotrail back to the negotiating table to address the full range of issues at the heart of this current dispute and should be facing up to their responsibility to deliver safe and accessible rail services.”

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Notes:
 
Scotrail stations
According to “Scorail facts and figures” there are 346 stations. See https://www.abellio.com/sites/default/files/downloads/scotrail_facts_figures_def.pdf
 
Parliamentary Questions and Answers
 
Question S5W-00897: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/06/2016
To ask the Scottish Government which ScotRail stations are unstaffed?
Answered by Humza Yousaf (06/07/2016):
There are 214 unstaffed stations in Scotland. Further details are available on the ScotRail website;https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/stations-and-facilities
 
Question S5W-01058: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/06/2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether (a) the ScotRail franchise agreement and (b) driver-only operated passenger ScotRail services are in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/07/2016
 
Question S5W-01055: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/06/2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out equality impact assessment of driver-only operated trains on ScotRail services and whether such services comply with equalities legislation.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/07/2016
https://www.abellio.com/sites/default/files/downloads/scotrail_facts_figures_def.pdf

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