Driverless trains petition backed by thousands
A PETITION calling for the introduction of driverless Tube trains has taken off thanks to a Westminster cabinet member.
The petition, addressed to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, asks Transport for London (TfL) to begin operating completely driverless trains on the entire London Underground as soon as possible.
Since launching on August 11, the petition – found on change.org – has attracted almost 6,000 signatures, with one person saying: “It is unbelievable that these drivers should be bringing the whole city to a complete standstill and causing mayhem.
“There are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t mind their jobs, salaries and days holiday a year.”
Richard Holloway, deputy cabinet member for sports, leisure and customer services at Westminster City Council, started the petition.
He said: “There are so many strikes going on at the moment. I’m a councillor myself and all mayoral candidates are running about trying to solve underground problems. Boris talks about it all the time.
“Looking it up, why haven’t we got driverless trains?
“We have driverless cars, so I think we need to push it up the agenda.
“Nobody has done a push for whether Londoners want driverless trains, we need to put pressure on councillors.”
Mr Holloway claims that the main advantages of a driverless Tube system would be that TfL would be able to put more trains on some of the more up-to-date lines, aiding the commuters.
With regards to the recent and upcoming Tube strikes, he added: “I’ve had enough and I think Londoners have had enough.
“I feel now is the time to make sure Londoners say ‘yes, we want driverless Tube trains’.
“If we can land a man on the moon, send data in nanoseconds across world but can’t put a box with wheels to go to predetermined stops, we need to re-evaluate ourselves.”