When I joined LU nearly 20 years ago as a humble Station Assistant last trains meant that one of us would go down on the platform while another waited at the ticket barriers to call down over the radio if any last minute passengers were on their way. When everybody was on board the bod on the platform would give a signal to the TOp that it was okay to proceed. In April we received a new issue of Rule Books and one little amendment seems to have been overlooked. In the last issue of Rule Book 8 "Managing the platform train interface" under Section 3.6 "Last Trains" station staffs’ responsibilities were listed as....
- hold the train as necessary to maintain connections
- the announcements to tell customers this is the last train
- dispatch the train using the appropriate dispatch sign.”