With pay of £50k a year and nearly two months holiday, and a 36 hour week, the Unions are upset at the introduction of the Night Tube and the disruption this will cause to work-life balance. Thankfully for them, their employer is almost 100 years past being a startup… It certainly doesn’t work for most of us in 2015.
I have had to reorganise ten meetings and a dinner date, and I l am fortunate to live in Central
London, so it is much easier to get around the strike. For many others, the disruption is even more costly.
There seems to be an obvious solution to this continuing disruption – driverless trains. In a city that aims to be both a technology hub of Europe, and a showcase for a new generation of smart city, it really is a no-brainer. The outlook for automated trains, however, is not good. Some existing lines, such as the Victoria and Jubilee lines are already operated by a form of automatic train control, although not fully automated. The driver simply opens the doors. There are a number of upgrades apparently coming to the network. Starting with a technology upgrade to the Circle, Metropolitan and District Lines that will allow driverless control.
By Ashok Parekh