Driverless train testing on Jubilee Line

DRIVERLESS TESTING, JUBILEE LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/10)

The following resolution was recently received from the London Transport Regional Council:-

“Jubilee South Branch has been made aware that testing has taken place on the Jubilee Line whereby trains were moved without the need of the operator to ‘activate’ the cab before using ATO buttons.

We believe this is a deskilling of the train operators role, and suggests that technology is being developed and tested on the line to enable – in theory – the operation of trains without an operator in the cab.

The RMT has consistently warned of the obvious risks to safety of driverless trains and made clear that we will take action should London Underground have any plans to operate trains without a train operator in the cab in full control of the train.

We ask that the National Executive take action to ensure that this matter is investigated and that a plan be devised to respond to this or any other attempts at deskilling the train operator role, or operating trains without a train operator”.

This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the decision to consult with our Train Driver Reps on the Jubilee Line over this concerning issue. I will keep you informed of all further developments.