Greater Anglia workers have voted to strike over a dispute about train guards. You can read more about this in EDP 24's article - which contains part of a quote from me (the full quote is below).
"Anyone that has travelled on our region's trains know that guards do much more than just open and close doors. They offer safety and reassurance for many passengers, especially women. In on-board emergencies they are trained first-aiders and responders. They also provide a valuable source of updated information when trains are inevitably and frequently delayed.
Yet again privatised train companies - who have for years now hammered passengers with excessive fare increases, want us to believe these changes our in our best interest. Passengers currently paying through the nose will, I hope, see this for the half truth it is. Improved technology is of course welcome. But this is just as much about extracting yet more share-holder profit at our expense. I hope the strike can be avoided but if not I'll be supporting hard working train guards, standing-up for better and safer trains.”