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May
2015
Saturday 16th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

ASLEF’s annual conference at the Park Inn Palace in Southend condemned the cowboy operators who put safety for everyone at risk on Britain’s railways.

In a passionate and thoughtful debate about the safety culture within West Coast Railways and the rise of private companies which rely on part-time or retired drivers employed on a casual basis, Paul Sedgebeer of Reading said: “If we are to share the railway with these cowboy operators, we need a level playing field, and the same knowledge and standards and rules that we have.”

James Glew from Buxton and Peak Forest, said: “This is not an isolated incident. There have been far too many incidents. I saw a driver from Devon and Cornwall learning traction on YouTube 20 minutes before he was out on the track. That can’t be safe.”

Aslef’s general secretary Mick Whelan said: “West Coast Railways are an accident waiting to happen.”

And in a very moving piece of personal testimony which ended with the room rising to applaud his courage in talking about a very difficult work experience, Ryan Howe of Exeter explained the effects on his life of a fatality at Ufton Nervet when he was driving an HST.




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