The recent report of a racist attack on a North East train is a perfect example of why I oppose the recently announced proposals to move towards “driver only” trains on North East lines.
Not only would these staff cuts lead to reduced customer service standards but they could also put public safety at risk. A driver can’t watch everything that happens on a train at once and if an incident does occur then a response may take longer if the train is only manned by its driver who could well be at the other end of the train or unable to leave his station.
The North East already has an underperforming rail system due to decades of under investment – this is the time for investing to improve systems not strip them away in the name of cost cutting.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East