Management have withdrawn CSAs from Heathrow Terminal 5.
Readers will remember that this is one of the issues we had a strike ballot (but not an actual strike) about earlier this year. The unions called off the dispute for a statement from management (read the full document and Tubeworker's analysis of it here) that they would "maintain the temporary staffing arrangements at Platform 6 whilst the Risk Assessment takes place at the appropriate level within the Company Machiner".
Now the dispute is over and everything has calmed down a bit and guess what? The risk Assessment has concluded that the CSAs are not needed. That's what happens when we back down - management come after us.
Management reckon that a new barrier on platform 6 has suddenly made it safe for drivers to self-dispatch. Oh yes - and this at a busy station frequently by airline passengers with stacks of luggage. There will doubtless be frequent door problems which drivers are expected to deal with alone. Yet despite it being a Section 12 station, there will be just one LUL supervisor on duty.
It seems to Tubeworker that circumstances may arise in which drivers may well find it unsafe to stop at T5.