Politics, Government & Current Affairs

Poll of rail passengers – Survation for the RMT

Survation on behalf of the RMT surveyed 1,005 rail passengers online from 27 January-5th February.

The key findings were:

  • Almost two thirds (63%) of respondents oppose proposals for trains to become driver only on the lines they travel on, with 17% supporting the proposals and 18% neither supporting or opposing.
  • Three quarters (75%) of passengers would be concerned about the safety of travelling on trains if they no longer had an on-board train guard, a further 18% would not be concerned about their safety and 7% don’t know.
  • Over two thirds (69%) of passengers state the government should  not allow trains to operate without at least one member of staff whose main duty is not to drive the train, with 23% stating the government should allow it and 9% don’t know.
  • Passengers who travel on First Great Western trains (46%) and East Coast trains (55%) oppose the the over-the-counter buffet service in greater numbers than oppose it, 29% and 26% respectively.

For full data tables including methodology and questions please go here. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.


Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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