Special Requirements Team

Oblique Images, Obtuse Management Response

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:56

On crowded platforms, it can be hard for the train driver to see the "Platform Train Interface", particularly on a curved platform. This is what LUL calls an "oblique image" - where people on the platform block the driver's view of the PTI. We'd call it a blind spot.

There are dozens of these all over the Tube, posing a serious safety risk to passengers. Some of the worst locations have been given additional station staff support from the Special Requirements Team so CSAs on the platform can assist drivers. But this isn't a "special" requirement - it's a permanent one!

S Stock: Station Staff Stand In For Technical Shortcomings (Again)

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:50

You'd think that the idea of bringing in new train stock would be to help the service run more smoothly. And you'd think that at the design stage, there would be some kind of of measuring or modelling exercise to check that the new stock will, erm, fit the existing infrastructure properly.

Return of the Flash and Dash? Tubeworker Mon, 10/28/2013 - 11:37

After months of having top-class wonks working on it, LUL management seem to have come to the conclusion that it's fine to not check that trains are empty before going into depots or sidings so long as you (a) make a few more announcements, and (b) add a bit at the top of the inter-car barriers.

Yes, they want to bring back the 'flash and dash', the ridiculous procedure on the Bakerloo line that saw thousands overcarried last year, and which RMT and ASLEF's join industrial action comprehensively trounced earlier this year.

Up For The Cup! Tubeworker Mon, 09/06/2010 - 19:08

Last month, London Underground had some very important visitors, as FIFA officials travelled around the Jubilee line inspecting the facilities as they assessed London’s bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Funnily enough, though, normal levels of station staffing were not adequate for our visitors, as SRT were deployed on stations along the line in addition to regular staff. Evidently, management are not too keen to show the world just how low station staffing levels have fallen, and would prefer the bid assessors to think that we have rather more staff than we actually do!

SRT and Supervisors Unite! Tubeworker Fri, 03/26/2010 - 12:11

Three staff from the Special Requirements Team smelt a rat when they were rushed at short notice to Green Park Station and arrived to find hardly any rostered staff present.

The Supervisors were unhappy that SRT had been sent blatantly to cover duties. The SRT rang their manager who gave them the go-ahead to refuse to cover the duties, in line with the Framework Agreement for Station Staff.

SRT: Management Are At It Again Tubeworker Sat, 08/01/2009 - 19:23

LUL are showing their true intentions for the Special Requirements Team, as they have them covering rostered duties at Bond Street while resident staff attend a "briefing". Never mind that the Special Requirements Team is supposed to be for, erm, special requirements; and never mind that the Framework Agreement specifically excludes covering staff attending training. Oh no - why let the small matter of agreements get in the way of exploiting workers and pushing forward your agenda to attack jobs?

SRT: Management Break the Rules Again Tubeworker Fri, 03/27/2009 - 18:11

Duty sheets have appeared at Waterloo with certain CSA duties marked as 'SRT'.

Ahem, but doesn't the SRT Framework specifically state that the SRT can not be used to cover duties on the roster?! Well yes, but why let the small matter of the rules get in the way of a management attempt to pull a fast one?