220 new crew in trains
Auckland’s trains will be manned by transport officers — a new role — as well as train managers and Ma¯ ori wardens from Monday.
The 220 new officers would gradually take over from the current 168 man-agers, meaning some jobs would be lost.
However, the total on-board staff numbers would rise, said Auckland Transport (AT) spokesman Mark Hannan.
He refuted the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) claim that the officers’ deployment signalled the end of on-board crew.
It was true, however, that some services would be without crew on board: ‘‘that’s because we’ll be targeting trains with known problems, such as night services,’’ Hannan said.
Transport officers would differ from train managers in several ways and not all managers would qualify to become officers.
‘‘Managers basically walk up and down trains, checking tickets, whereas transport officers will have more training, akin to policemen.
‘‘They’ll be able to kick passengers off trains and have greater powers to enforce fare payment’’.
The transport officer role was created in response to increased rail patronage.
It was to boost passenger safety and better enforce fare payment.
Jobs will be lost as new transport officers take over from train managers.