Newspapers in England are reporting that train drivers get paid more than pilots, doctors, police and nurses. The Sunday Times newspaper reports that the highest-paid drivers on the London Underground earned $130,000 last year. This included , bonuses and pension . It is a 69 per cent rise in pay since 2012. Journalists say the salary of a train driver is $70,000 a year. This is the average wage of a nurse in London and more than what airline pilots earn. The newspaper reports that police officers in London have a starting of $28,000. In addition to their pay, London Underground train drivers get over eight weeks paid a year.
Many people think the salaries train drivers get are . James Roberts of the Tax-Payers' Alliance said: "These salaries are totally [wrong]....Increasingly, the of a [subway train] driver is getting easier." He said that many train drivers no have to drive the trains because many train lines are automated. He said drivers on automated train lines have to open and close train doors. He was also surprised the drivers were going on for more pay. A train drivers' spokesman said their pay was for, "the professionalism, and ...of delivering a professional public for hundreds of thousands of travelling on the Underground...every day."