Mod edit: The forum team are aware that the extension of Driver-Only Operation (DOO) is a highly passionate topic. As such, in this thread only, we are now trialling allowing free debate on the subject. Please be advised that, due to the anticipated pace of discussion and the understandable passion on both sides of the debate, this thread will be reactively moderated only, with the exception of bad language and direct personal insults. Also, until legal proceedings are completed or dropped, discussion of the driver dispute with GTR on their Gatwick Express route is not permitted, however discussion on the guard dispute, and more general debate on DOO is expressly permitted in this thread only. The forum team, at their sole discretion, may also move posts from other threads into this one if they are on the subject of DOO. I see from the RMT website http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/role-of-the-guard-and-extension-of-doo310316/ that there is to be a ballot with regard to the role of Conductors on the Southern part of GTR. Looks like battle lines are drawn following recent comments from ASLEF/RMT on extensions of DOO, and Peter Wilkinson's comments at the now infamous meeting in Croydon (further detail on page 13 of the latest 'Modern Railways'). Will be interested to see how this plays out, and whether it turns into a long drawn out dispute. Just read in The Railway magazine that Southern may loose most of their 400 guard/conductor jobs and be replaced by DOO/OPO. I was talking to a Southern guard on the WLL and they told me that they would be kept on that route as well as on the Uckfield line. I just want to know if this is correct? and what services will keep guards. Also, do we know when the stages of implementation will take place for the whole network? Many of the Southern stations do not have ticket barriers so where would you buy tickets if the machines were broken for example? Aren't some of the Marshlink stations request stops and therefore, DOO is not permitted? Finally do you think the Driver Control Operation could be done?