Flippin' 'eck, it's happened again. Last night, the Northern Line's emergency braking system failed for the fourth time in fourth weeks.
When the braking system failed on 9 September, the company introduced double-crewing of trains. But for who-knows-what reason (surely not cost? or fear of criticism for having to cancel trains?), they dropped it after one day, and have still not resumed it even after three further failures.
Until the techies figure out what is wrong, each and every train should be checked before coming into service each and every day. Tubeworker wouldn't drive one that hadn't been checked - would you?
RMT has said it will give complete support to drivers exercising their right to refuse to move Northern Line trains on safety grounds. We would like to see the unions move beyond pledging support to individuals, to organising a collective refusal to work.
RMT has demanded double-crewing of all Northern Line trains and daily safety checks.
As the union points out, "Under the PPP it is LUL who run the trains, Tubelines who are responsible for maintaining them, but Alstom who actually do the work (click the link and scroll down to 'Piecemeal Privatisation Continues' for an explanation).
"That is crazy enough, but under their contract Alstom have 65 days to find the fault. In such serious circumstances that is a complete nonsense, and if Alstom cannot find and rectify the fault the work should simply be brought back in-house."