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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Bakerloo Line. Over your dead body?
This is extraordinary: London Underground has forbidden drivers on the Bakerloo Line from checking to see that their trains are empty before they take them into depots and sidings.
This has resulted in over 3,000 passengers being carried into depots and sidings, many times more than on all other London Underground lines put together.
On other lines, staff physically check the train is empty first.
Last September, a 12-year-old boy got out of a train that had carried him into Queen's Park depot. He wandered around on live track until he was rescued by the driver. He could easily have been killed.
After the Queen's Park incident, drivers decided that they were no longer prepared to go along with London Underground's dangerous policy and since 15 January 2013, have been insisting on checking that trains are empty before taking them into sidings and depots.