DOO is a safe system
Am I alone in believing that the arguments of safety and “concern for passenger welfare” - being used by the unions over the question of controlling doors - are somewhat unjustified? My grounds for saying this are:
For over 30 years my local Thameslink line has operated on a Driver-Only basis without incident.
In my experience, on many trains fares go uncollected or tickets unchecked because either the second man/woman is constantly interrupted by the need to stop and operate the doors, or because he/she does nothing but operate the doors. Hence we have lines on which ‘free travel’ is the norm (for example, the Gospel Oak line in pre-London Overground days), where even the most well- intentioned passenger is unable to purchase a ticket.
Even on inter-city trains it can happen that no one appears to check tickets or to give face-to-face reassurance/ information to passengers.
Has the time not come for the experts to clearly state once and for all what the system requires, in the interests of the passenger and taxpayer, rather than the RMT wishing to preserve roles that are no longer relevant?
I certainly do not claim to be such an expert but I venture to suggest the following: