Aug 2011 - A moving farewell from Arkwright Road

01 June 2013

AS I write this my desk in Arkwright road resembles an island in a sea of blue packing cases. 90 years worth of paperwork, files, books and union memorabilia has been sorted, evaluated and packed in readiness for our move to new headquarters.

 

Everything from the crockery to model locos has been wrapped in bubble wrap and safely stowed away. This afternoon i will be rolling up my sleeves and helping to clear out the garden shed.

 

Many of you will have visited us here in ‘the big house’. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in the future.

 

Since Aslef moved to London in 1921 we have won many notable victories for our members and this important work continues apace.

 

As a long time campaigner for improved safety at level crossings Aslef is pleased to report that network rail has finally announced plans to fit 50 level crossing obstacle detectors before 2014 and a further 300 in the period from 2014-2019. This simple technology, which we have been demanding for years, is long overdue. It just makes you wonder why it has taken NR so long.

 

For instance an OD would have prevented the terrible tragedy which occurred in Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, in 2004, after a car was deliberately parked on the line, resulting in the deaths of seven people, including the driver. i have previously stated my belief that there is ‘no such thing as an accident’ on a level crossing, and that these sort of incidents can all be avoided. From our new headquarters you can be sure Aslef will continue to fight until tragedies at level crossings become a thing of the past.

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