South West Trains in the heatwave

Submitted by AWL on 2 August, 2013 - 3:04

In the recent scorching temperatures South West Trains staff have often had to work out in the open in full uniform.

Guards can be required to work on trains without air conditioning for 5 hours or more without a break. Management judge whether its hot enough to allow employees to take their ties off, and woe betide you if you decide to do so without permission. So who is it that can tell when you're getting too hot? Not you, that's for certain.The heat is also highlighting the poor condition of the Wessex route in general. First 20mph speed restrictions were instituted in numerous places to stop rails buckling, causing chaos in the evening peak.

Then a rail actually did buckle at Waterloo, shutting down all the Waterloo suburban platforms and causing complete meltdown across the network. There are certainly countries hotter than this with functioning railways.

Millions are available for big projects like HS2 but heavily used sections of our rail network desperately need repair.

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