|'Pensioners Could Drive Tubes During Strikes'
London Assembly Member says retired drivers could keep network running
Recently retired tube workers, such as drivers, signallers and station staff, could prop up the Underground during industrial action, according to GLA Conservative Richard Tracey.
Mr Tracey said, “It’s Londoners who will yet again suffer on their way to work, and businesses will be hit to the tune of £300m a day. It’s time to establish a pool of relief staff, much like London Fire Brigade’s current strike contingency. This means we’ll always have a core service even on strike days, and it could be run by retired staff like the fire brigade. It’s an insurance policy for Londoners and the Mayor needs to make it happen.”
Currently a tube driver can retire as early as 50 and will receive a full pension if they retire at 60. There is no obligation for a driver to retire once they reach the age of 65.
We asked TfL for a comment on the proposal but have yet to receive a reply.
August 6, 2015