The agreed drivers' prep list for S Stock trains takes 16 minutes. It's been timed by managers and union reps together, and that's the time it takes.
Hammersmith & City and Circle lines
The Hammersmith and City line needs some more Instructor Operators, what with the S stock 'n' all. So, that'd be permanent posts and promotion opportunities for drivers, then? Oh no.
On Saturday 2 July, a one-under at Edgware Road resulted in a dead body.
On the H&C, management want to cut 8 duties from Hammersmith depot, moving 5 to another depot and getting rid of three posts altogether. (Who said dirvers were immune from job cuts?!)
London Underground continues to claim that its savage cuts in ticket office opening hours are 'driven by changes in customer behaviour'. Yet it also continues to drive those changes in customer behaviour itself, in an attempt to justify savage cuts in ticket office opening hours!
The company's latest ruse is to give the shop on the Liverpool Street station C gateline the right to top up Oyster. It's less than ten feet from the ticket office. And, of course, it would be allowed to top up Oyster for whatever amount the customer wants - no £5 minimum here!
Staff at various stations are standing up for their rights and refusing to be moved around like pawns.
Reserve CSAs on Liverpool Street group have a guaranteed weekend off every four weeks.
Thankfully, strong union representation has reined in some of the worst abuses of the SIS / mystery snooper survey.
Last month, there was water ingress at Paddington and the Fire Control Panel did not work. So had there been a fire, the system would not necessarily have kicked in to detect and suppress it.
The new Circle line - confusing for passengers, more work for station staff, forcing passengers to change at Edgware Road (up and down stairs, not easy for people who are mobility impaired, with pushchairs and luggage). The critical position of Edgware Road means that problems there impact heavily on the whole of the sub-surface lines.