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Driver Controlled Operation (DCO)

Driver controlled operation (DCO) describes a way of operating trains where only the train driver has responsibility for opening and closing the doors and dispatching the train from a station.

Train operators need to be able to staff their trains in different ways to suit different scenarios. Long distance, intercity services will typically need more staff on-board to offer appropriate customer service, such as catering, while shorter distance, metro-style services may be able to operate with just the driver.

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