ORR’s work on train dispatch safety

6 January 2017

An ORR spokesperson said:

"Yesterday we published our report on the introduction of DOO on GTR – Southern which confirmed that Driver Only Operation is a safe method of working.  As with all types of train dispatch, including dispatch by station staff and guards, this requires suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place.

"The onus is on all train operators to continuously improve safety.  We made a number of recommendations in our report to support this and will be carrying out further work on train dispatch. This will include the Secretary of State’s request to develop a set of principles for continuous improvement which all train operators must follow where Driver Only Operation is in operation or is being introduced. In developing these principles we will, as with our work to date, welcome the involvement of train operators and the unions."