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RETENTION OF RAILWAY GUARDS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 151: tabled on 07 June 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the fact that passengers on two thirds of the rail network are currently guaranteed the protection of a highly-trained railway guard; notes that the guard must be fully trained in operational safety and route knowledge, including protecting the train and acting in emergencies such as derailments, fires, driver incapacitation, and is also responsible for safely securing the doors and protecting the platform train interface; further welcomes the fact that the guard’s safety role also means passengers are guaranteed to have a guard on board their train at all times to provide advice, assurance and assistance and to look after disabled, older and other passengers who may be vulnerable; believes that this train guard guarantee is even more relevant at a time of growing passenger numbers and heightened security threats; is therefore concerned that the Government and some rail operators are seeking to introduce driver­-only operation, which will jeopardise passenger safety and service by removing guards, meaning that the driver will be expected to drive the train whilst at the same time being responsible for passenger safety; and calls on the Government and rail employers to withdraw proposals for driver-only operation and instead work constructively with ASLEF and RMT to protect passenger service and safety.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.