Driver­less trains pe­ti­tion backed by thou­sands

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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 – 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.”

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