Driverless trains

Stuck Under the River Tubeworker Wed, 01/25/2017 - 08:05

The delights of driverless trains were plain for all to see as a DLR train got stuck in the tunnel under the river for over an hour yesterday.

It was undoubtedly a deeply unpleasant experience for the passengers, packed like sardines during the morning peak when it may have been freezing outside but it was sweltering in the train.

It took an hour for engineers to reach the stranded passengers and for a rescue train to get them out.

More Secret Trials On The Jubilee Line? Tubeworker Thu, 08/25/2016 - 13:15

New equipment has been put on some Jubilee Line trains that allows management, controllers and maintainers to get near live info from the trains equipment. It is transmitted via station WiFi. It would probably feel less like being spied on had we been told what was being done, before it was done.

Did bosses not think that when a new MCB appeared in our cabs, that professional and diligent train drivers would not want to know what it was for and whether we should use it?

DLR Shut Down as Solid Strike Bites Back Tubeworker Tue, 11/03/2015 - 08:25

Nothing is moving on the DLR this morning as workers hit back against their new employers' clampdown.

Pickets at Beckton and Poplar have kept the strike solid and cranked up the pressure on management to back off from their attacks on the workforce. Since taking over the contract, Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) has stepped up disciplinary action against staff, casualised working conditions by using agencies, and risked safety by licensing managers to work in the control room.

Movement on Fleet and M Door issues, plus a new dispute on the Piccadilly Line Tubeworker Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:37

The dispute over the use of agency labour on LU Fleet has been resolved, with the company agreeing to take on the agency trainers on standard LU contracts, for periods of at least one year.

Obstruction On the Track? Tubeworker Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:07

London Underground tried to trial front facing cameras on Victoria Line trains - to detect obstructions on the track, to help it eliminate the need for a driver on the front. But Vic Line drivers were having none of it.

Train ops have been refusing to allow this equipment in the cab, knowing it will bring LU a step closer to its long-term desire for driverless trains. It's been good to see members of RMT and ASLEF working together on this at local level.

Major safety incident at Mile End Tubeworker Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:16

On Saturday 26 July, the Central Line was suspended after masonry fell on the track at Mile End.

Yep, that's right, masonry. Large, heavy, blocks of concrete. There is some indication the incident was caused by vibration from work being done on the track.

Unattended Train Operation Tubeworker Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:24

LU has formally invited companies to bid for the contract to "design, manufacture, test and commission" new Tube trains.

LU has specified that it wants companies with experience of delivering unattended train operation (UTO), i.e. not just no driver in the cab, but no crew on the train at all!

Would LU specify this if it was not serious about removing staff from trains? It’s good that RMT is already in dispute over driverless trains and that it’s launching a "train drivers’ charter" to recruit and campaign.

Trains Hit Each Other: Management Talk It Down Tubeworker Sat, 05/10/2014 - 13:19

On 1 May, between East Putney and Southfields, two District Line S stock trains clattered into each other - or, in management-speak, "came into slight contact".

The cause? The tracks in the area had moved. Again in management-speak, this was a "slight movement", but if it was enough to cause two trains to hit each other, then even if it is "slight", it is very very serious.

Runaway Train Tubeworker Sun, 03/16/2014 - 19:15

In another embarrassment for London Underground Ltd's love affair with new technology, TBTC apparently sent a train hurtling down the Northern line without stopping at four stations during Friday's evening peak.