LETTER: If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it

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Hew Merriman (MP for Bexhill and Battle) is pleased that the independent Rail Safety Regulator has bowed to his pressure and produced a report (rather rapidly, you might think) that states Southern will be ‘meeting the standards required for this technology’ if the new operating systems are introduced.

He says this includes the claim that ‘allowing drivers to use cameras as the train moves along the platform is an enhancement....’.

Personally I’d prefer that the driver was looking in front, just as we do when we are driving.

He is still ignoring the fact that the workforce (unions as he would see it) and the passengers, are quite happy with the current arrangements of drivers and guards.

If safety will not be actually improved and ‘jobs and pay for rail staff have been guaranteed for years to come’, then what is the purpose of the changes?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So why bring in this new working system?

I think I know the reason but I would like Mr. Merriman to spell it out please.

John Gately

Harold Terrace


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