Safety On The Rails
Joe Rileys recent column about rail guards is spot on "the central issue is safety and reflects public concern" Why should the people of merseyside and the north west accept less safety on their trains than Trans Penine express and Scotrail who have recently introduced modern trains and concluded agreements with the RMT to keep the guards on their trains ? It appears that Northern Rail are more concerned with increasing their profits at the expense of safety. A poll of northern rail passengers showed that 75% wanted to keep the guard on the train and did not want driver only operation ,As they were concerned about their safety and felt more secure with the guard on the train. This dispute is not about "modernisation" its about safety and its the guards that provide that safety critical role, in the event of accidents or breakdowns or anti social behaviour or helping elderly and disabled people in wheelchairs ect.