Jubilee South branch concerned about recent train tests on the line

Jubilee South branch have passed a motion highlighting our concerns following reports of testing on the Jubilee Line, whereby a train was alledgedly moved in engineering hours without the operator being required to 'activate' the cab with their key or to operate the manual control switch.

Branch officials and representatives are investigating the reports and preparing an action plan to respond to the issue.

The motion

Driverless testing on Jubilee Line.

Jubilee South branch has been made aware that testing has taken place on the Jubilee Line whereby trains were moved without the need of the operator to 'activate' the cab before using ATO buttons.

We believe this is a deskilling of the train operators role, and suggests that technology is being developed and tested on the line to enable - in theory - the operation of trains without an operator in the cab.

The RMT has consistly warned of the obvious risks to safety of driverless trains and made clear that we will take action should London Underground have any plans to operate trains without a train operator in the cab in full control of the train.

We ask that the National Executive take action to ensure that this matter is investigated and that a plan be devised to respond to this or any other attempts at deskilling the train operator role, or operating trains without a train operator.

It was agreed at the meeting that the motion will be passed to both the Regional Council and the National Executive Commitee.