Statement on GTR-Southern’s Driver Only Operation

5 January 2017

Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways, said:

"Following a thorough review of GTR-Southern’s method and implementation of Driver Only Operation, ORR is satisfied that with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working.

"ORR has made some recommendations for further improvements, including ensuring that CCTV image quality is consistently high. GTR-Southern has accepted and is in the process of implementing these recommendations. As the safety regulator we will continue our inspections and are also working with the industry to ensure it reviews and updates its work in adopting best practice procedures, training and equipment in relation to the safe dispatch of trains."

Report on GTR-Southern’s Driver Only Operation - 5 January 2017 pdf icon PDF, 645 Kb
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