London tube drivers could be scrapped?

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Anonymous
Jun 16 2010 17:33
London tube drivers could be scrapped?

Tory group on the London Assembly are suggesting that all trains become driverless.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5g_bc6oFhHhNkjtxUGNPEVouyQ8ig

Would be surprised if this happened.

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Jun 16 2010 17:59

They managed to do this on the new line in Paris, not sure of the background to it. They haven't been able to fit it to any of the old lines AFAIK.

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Jun 16 2010 20:23
xurbanpiratedreamerx wrote:
Two lines are automatic already arent they and the drivers are just tokenistic?

DLR is fully auto. Two lines on tube are semi automatic.

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Jun 16 2010 20:37

They're suggesting the same for Glasgow subway, which'll be modernised in the next few years. However like DLR, trains will probably have to have someone on board who can take over if necessary:

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but a human Passenger Service Agent is always present somewhere in the train, with responsibility for door closing and handling of emergency situations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_driverless_trains

Or will it be like the Copenhagan Metro which doesn't even have a stand-in driver? (no, I'm not a train spotter...)

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Jun 17 2010 07:31

When a new model Airbus was released some time ago it was the first passenger jet to be largely flown by computers.

The joke went that the cockpit was equipped with computers to fly the plane, a pilot to reassure the passengers and a dog to bite the pilot if he tried to touch the controls.

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Jun 17 2010 09:20
allybaba wrote:
xurbanpiratedreamerx wrote:
Two lines are automatic already arent they and the drivers are just tokenistic?

DLR is fully auto. Two lines on tube are semi automatic.

na there's usually a 'driver' on the DLR, doesn't do much like