The NEL, or the North East Line, is said to be the world's first fully automated underground driverless mass rapid transit line. Although to be fair, the technology for driverless trains has been around for decades. However other administrations choose to keep the human drivers around for a couple of reasons. One reason is employee groups, whether organized unions or not, do not view it all that positively. The other is that if such a line (even for a short section) is above ground, there is always a slight chance that some foreign object makes its way on the track and therefore becomes a derailment hazard. A driver is expected in such cases to engage the emergency brakes full on. The NEL being the first fully underground line, could afford to finally make the driver redundant.
This section of rusty rail is not part of the metro rail network.
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