Redirect Left wrote:
Northerns refurbish has already run out of traction already it seems. The first few trains to come out were repainted and rather sexily done inside, new seat covers, carpet and changes to the lighting.
The latest few i've been on have been repainted with nothing else done except for what appeared to be a good mop, and a slight amount of repainting inside. One I was on over weekend had come out of the depot in such a hurry Northern hadn't bothered to re-affix any of the safety diagrams and instructions. Didn't think that was legal and trains needed that information...
If they were Pacers, that's because they're all being retired in a few years.
What is the point of introducing DOO for the TOC in the first place if they genuinely will not reduce staff on trains or pay for those staff? They'll have to invest in the DOO equipment but won't make any financial saving.
Because they have to; it's in the franchise agreement. Whoever won Northern has to introduce DOO. It's Southern all over again, but in the north. No point blaming the operator; the government made them do it.
RL is right... the first trains had a brakeman in every carriage, a driver, a fireman...
This is just the final evolution before we see even the drivers off.
The railway has run on being more efficient for nearly 200 years.
I actually doubt that one; I went to a talk by a very senior railway boss last Wednesday. They can't see the driver being replaced with digital. We could get to the point where perhaps computers drive the train, but certainly not going driverless on National Rail. There would be too many false positives; how could you detect the difference between a human and a fox on the line for instance. Driverless works OK when you have a closed system (ie: some Asian metro lines that run entirely underground) or when it's operating at relatively low speeds (ie: DLR). But certainly not National Rail in its current form.