A train guard won praise yesterday for defusing a “potentially dangerous” incident on a train — but his union fears he could face the sack.
Passengers on a packed commuter train near London’s Waterloo station looked on aghast as a religious bigot performed a homophobic outburst.
The man reportedly shouted out passages from the Bible and told fellow passengers: “You’re all going to die” and “Raynes Park is not your final destination.”
Panic erupted as commuters tried to flee. After one passenger pulled the emergency stop chain, passengers clambered onto the electrified tracks. The track power was later switched off, causing further delays.
The guard subsequently calmed the bigot down and took him off the train. One passenger said the worker had acted with “compassion, restraint and bravery.”
But rail union RMT is currently in dispute with the train’s operator, South Western Railway, over its refusal to guarantee guards’ retention.
Yesterday, RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Once again the guard has stepped in and calmed a potentially dangerous situation in an exemplary and professional manner.
“Panic could have broken out but for the guard’s calm and measured response.
“This … illustrates just why RMT members are fighting so hard to keep the guard on South Western Railway services.”