The reporter believes that without an RA indication, Drivers are uncertain as to whether the train is safe to depart. In this case, following the detachment of carriages at Basingstoke, a Driver was advised to depart without an RA indication, as the train had arrived with no passengers onboard. However, the reporter believes it is customary to receive the RA on other routes, regardless of whether carriages have been detached or whether passengers are onboard or not.
Could the RSSB clarify:
- Whether South West Trains has a special dispensation for not giving RA indications?
- Whether theRule Bookstates that an RA indication is a mandatory practice at all stations?