HC Deb 15 April 1964 vol 693 c75W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Minister of Transport what experience has been gained for both underground and main line railways from the experiment with driverless trains between Hainault and Woodford.

Mr. Marples

This experiment with automatically driven trains in public service only started on 5th April. Little experience has therefore been gained so far. It is not correct to refer to these trains as driverless. Each has an operator at the front of the train to keep a lookout, open and close the passenger doors and take over control of the train if required. The British Railways Board tells me that it also will follow the experiment with interest with a view to the possible application of automatic driving to main line railways.

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