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Dear Editor: Sir, I know that the opinion of the “independent” body that oversee rail safety have declared that driver only operated trains are “safe”. My question is this: Are driver only operated trains more or less safe than those carrying an onboard guard who has responsibility for passenger safety? If the answer is less, then clearly a reduction in passenger safety cannot be a good thing. I suspect the answer is that the increased risk is deemed to be acceptable, and that the commercial gains would seem paramount. However, we always hear after accidents that the company responsible declare that “safety is our number one priority”. I have yet to hear a member of the travelling public, who pay so much to travel (or rather not at the moment), declare that they prefer not to have a second member of staff inside the train. You say that there is are “no plans” to remove present members of onboard staff, but the clear intention is that they will eventually not be there. Southern Rail have shown a spectacular failure to engage with and value their staff ever since they sacked many drivers right at the start of their tenure of the franchise. They failed to realise that even then, that they then could not run a service without existing drivers being required to work hours in excess of their contract. Frankly, the franchise should be cancelled and handed to an operator who can run a rail network, such as TFL. This present situation could be resolved quickly, the workforce would not be left exasperated and bitter (as is the case and will continue if we carry on as we are) and the South of England might be able to get back to work. The suggestion of calling in the troops to drive replacement busses leaves me cold, although I myself kept warm fire-fighting for seven weeks in Glasgow during the first general fire brigades’ strike! The East Coast Mainline example of how quickly a rail company can be turned around when in public hands, should shine out too. Of course publicly run services which generate revenue for the Treasury seems to be totally out of favour. Yours sincerely, Simon Morgan (Armed Forces Pensioner)
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