February 2012 in London Underground
A reporter is concerned about the safety of passengers alighting and boarding trains on platform one at Whitechapel station No signing out procedure on the Central Line ation.
Concerns have been raised that there is no signing out procedure, referred to as the 'walkout procedure', for staff on the Central Line.
The reporter believes that there is a requirement for staff to sign out when they have finished work at depots and sidings and is concerned that the Central Line does not follow the 'walkout procedure' like the rest of the network. Without a walkout register to verify if staff have left the sidings after finishing work, someone could fall in the dark unnoticed and be left in the sidings without help for several hours.
Response from London Underground
There is no Rule Book requirement for a 'booking
out' procedure. The only reference in the Rule Book to booking out
is in book 6 - 2.18 "when stabling a train you must leave the
depot or siding using the authorised walkways" and Rule Book 6, 2.1
"Booking on Duty".
Staff should use designated walkways in depots
and sidings and should carry connect radios to be able to raise the
alarm if they need make contact once they have left the train
However, the Central Line trains management team is looking into introducing a consistent approach across the line with regards to signing out, specific to local depot requirements.