Britain’s first unmanned trains have sparked a safety row as politicians and union officials voiced concerns about football crowds on match days.
The new Glasgow Subway trains were announced to much fanfare this week, designed to be driverless and completely unstaffed by 2021. As well as having no drivers, they will also have no door staff.
While some lauded this as the future of transport, others worried that passenger safety was not being prioritised.
Pat McIlvogue, a regional officer for the Unite union, said there were worries about overcrowding and rowdy passenger behaviour on match days.
He told The Telegraph: “Match days are a well-used situation and how they’re going to manage the influx of traffic and people piling into doors when the doors are shut, what happens then?
“Who is going to operate the doors and manage any situations that happen? If there’s circumstances when there are crowds at football matches and other events – how are they going to deal with that if a situation happens on the train and it needs to be halted?
“The move to driverless trains could be the first major signs in our transport sector showing the effects automation will have on the future of work, the impacts of which must be fully considered.”
Andrew Boff, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, agreed and said he would not want unmanned trains to operate in London.
He added: “I think our experience in London is that they’re best when there’s guards – public safety is your number one consideration when you have guards. “As much as technology is moving on I think it’s important to put public safety first and a train attendant is a crucial thing to have in case of emergencies.
“I am, however, absolutely committed to going driverless because of the stranglehold the Unions have on the network.”
The Scottish National Party disagreed, arguing that the trains will be a “fantastic addition” to Glasgow.
SNP MSP Sandra White said: “It is common practice in countries across the world like Denmark to have unmanned electric trains, however, safety and customer service will remain a top priority on the new Glasgow Subway trains that will be fitted with CCTV throughout. “These trains will be a fantastic addition to Glasgow’s infrastructure, helping serve passengers safely and efficiently on the historic metro system for many years to come.”
A spokesperson from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which is responsible for the trains, commented: “We are currently looking at how we might best utilise front-line staff following the introduction of the new system. Staff understand and accept that there will be changes to current working practices. However, safety and customer service will always remain a priority.
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