A petition has been set up calling for “every train to have a safety critical guard”.
It has been raised in response to the increasing trend of Driver Only Operated (DOO) trains and also to Southern Rail’s decision to withdraw ‘Turn-up and go’ assistance from 33 stations. The train company have stated that there is “no cast-iron guarantee” that assistance will be available to disabled travellers at its stations.
Speaking to DisabilityUnited.co.uk, Janine Booth said, “To have equality of access to public transport, disabled people need a well-staffed railway, with guards on trains. TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee and Disabled People Against Cuts are uniting railway passengers and workers to campaign to keep guards.”
The issue is of particular relevance to rail users in the Anglia region, with the Trade Union Aslef recently warning Abellio Greater Anglia that it must sit down and negotiate if it plans to bring in driver operated doors on its new trains. The company will be introducing new trains on to the network between January 2019 and September 2020.
Should you wish to sign the petition or find out more about it, you can do so here. The petition will be handed in to the Department of Transport on the 20th July.