Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2019 08:02:50 The railway industry’s reluctance to introduce shunning in trains has been highlighted in a new report that shows train drivers are the most likely to be shunted in train.
The study by Transport For NSW found that over the past 10 years, shunning is down from 45 per cent of rail commuters to just 24 per cent, with shunning of other types of workers also down from 44 per cent to 21 per cent.
A spokesperson for Transport For New South Wales (TfNSA), which was commissioned by TfNWA to carry out the research, said train drivers had traditionally shunted to the right, which is the direction of the track.
“But over the last 10 years that has changed, with the majority of rail employees shunting to the left and back,” he said.
“There are a lot of train drivers who will shun to the back and back, and the majority will also shun to their left.”
For those who shun, the biggest challenge is getting to and from the train, which means the train driver is the one who has to be on the train and actually wait for the train to leave.
“The report also found that train drivers were the most common group to shun in train cars.
It found over the years, there has been a “dramatic decline” in the percentage of drivers shunted.”
The most common reasons for shunning are: poor visibility, overcrowding, and a lack of training,” the report found.”
It’s very common for the driver to avoid the passenger sitting directly across from them.
“In total, around 80 per cent the surveyors were satisfied with the way they had dealt with passengers in the past year.
But the lack of shunning amongst train drivers was not limited to the south-east.
The report found drivers shunned more often to the west, including to the northern suburbs.”
More than half (59 per cent) of drivers have shunted away to the western suburbs,” the study found.
The report’s findings were in stark contrast to the state’s previous peak rail congestion report released in 2017.
It revealed a peak of 9,500 cars of freight were being held at TfL’s Southern Cross rail corridor.”
That means a significant amount of freight is travelling from one end of the state to the other.””
It means a lot more freight is going on at the time of peak times.”
That means a significant amount of freight is travelling from one end of the state to the other.
“People are going from one part of the region to another, which can create a lot congestion.”
The TfNSW spokesperson said the state had introduced the first phase of the ‘Smart Rail’ initiative, with a total of 10 new stations.
“Smart Rail means that when a train is delayed, a signalling engineer will be called out and they will be able to issue a ‘delay notice’ to the driver, who then must take the train in a direction,” he added.
“If the train is travelling in the wrong direction, it will not be held.
If the train’s not moving in the right direction, the driver will then have to issue another delay notice.”
So this will mean there will be less congestion on the tracks.