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A review of passenger train dispatch from stations (T743)

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A review of the current arrangements, considering risk and human factors, for train dispatch at stations.

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The requirements for dispatch of trains from stations are set out in Section 6 of Module SS1 of the Rule Book.  This states that unless specific local arrangements are in place, bell or buzzer communication must always be used in preference to any RA (Right Away) indicator to indicate to the driver that the train is ready to start - unless the train is Driver Only Operated.  However, the rules may not be appropriate for current requirements, noting in particular that effectively all trains now have central locking and/or power operated doors under the direct control of the train crew.  It was therefore appropriate that the existing arrangements were reviewed in the light of current operations, taking risk and human factors principles into account.

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