There were definitely 2 units parked up in Farnham today. 2 in Clapham, however many in Feltham/Wimbledon. Space filling up fast!701023 was moved from Wimbledon to Farnham Depot today. It’s understood a further three may follow.
No SWR drivers are trained to drive a 701.Correct, GBRf are providing the staff for the test runs. So so far, only GBRf can drive these units despite SWR now having a small contingent.
Quite so. In general railways terms, not just the area you comment on, a very pertinent fact, especially during (stock) transitional/cascade periods, when both old and new are vying for space. Something that is, regrettably, not always understood by some, outside of those directly involved in operations/planningSpace filling up fast!
Thanks. Did they say what the issues are?An ASLEF circular went out to SWR drivers today.
He's the only person on this forum then who is exempt from providing a source.He doesn’t need one, he works for them and is a very reliable contributor of information.
Ok, thanks anyway.It's still a fairly lengthy list and I only had a brief read through and can't remember off the top of my head.
Oh don't be so silly.Seriously? We might as well wait for Rail Magazine to come out every fortnight and see if SWR have treated them to a press release...
If that's their ploy then it would appear to have already been a spectacular failure given that it seems inevitable that we're facing months of national railway strikes.The DFT Call the shots and are not going to sign off doing anything for fear of antagonising the Unions.
DFT Policy is well understood, in pursuing the worst of both worlds. We get no new trains, and the existing service is disrupted!If that's their ploy then it would appear to have already been a spectacular failure given that it seems inevitable that we're facing months of national railway strikes.
Guards will have dispatch training for degraded working. Its been mentioned multiple times now in this threadI wonder how much training guards will need? For drivers the physical units are probably similar to 707s, but the big thing will be DOO dispatch and the soft skills it requires.
Guards will have dispatch training for degraded working. Its been mentioned multiple times now in this thread
The unions need to get a grip. The entitled attitude (that then affects passenger services greatly) to throw all of their toys out of their pram whenever they don't like something is really quite shocking. It's selfish to wreak such havoc on what is supposed to be a passenger service. Anyone can argue with me if they want but them being offended won't change my mind on it.The DFT Call the shots and are not going to sign off doing anything for fear of antagonising the Unions.
I don't it's been confirmed publicly, but it is definitely the case. Only for a time limited period though, at least for now anyway.Have SWR or RMT publicly confirmed this? I’ve certainly not seen anything official. Does this mean certain services will be run with the guard dispatching to maintain competency?
The cabs have already been completely redesigned once. The original drivers desk was standard Aventra, but ASLEF considered that unacceptable to SWR drivers despite being acceptable to drivers elsewhere.What are the actual issues now that are not acceptable to the unions? Are they easy to fix, or are we looking at a fundamental cab redesign? What about the door opening at speed issue, was that sorted?
The moment GTR brought on legal action, ASLEF dropped the claim against them… so might not be that bad an idea - guess it depends on how true it is that the cabs are still very poor following the modifications.The cabs have already been completely redesigned once. The original drivers desk was standard Aventra, but ASLEF considered that unacceptable to SWR drivers despite being acceptable to drivers elsewhere.
As time goes on I'm more and more convinced it's just a deliberate ploy to delay indefinitely DCO on SWR (despite agreeing to it as part of a pay and conditions package). I can see it ending up in court just as it did with Southern.