Today I’m starting my week-long ATO (Automatic Train Operation) and ETCS (European Train Control System) training.

Once assessed and deemed competent, trains I drive between London Blackfriars and London St. Pancras International will operate automatically and to in-cab signalling.

@alan Does this mean you'll be made obsolete? Or perhaps you'll be assimilated? #resistanceisfutile

@MindOfJoe I’m unique- assimilation would be impossible 😂

I don’t need to worry about being obsolete during my lifetime as it’ll be decades before this is rolled out on a large scale. At the moment, we only have it for around 4 miles of our route through central London.

The East Coast line is currently being upgraded to have this system along its full length.

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