This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 27/11/2018.
Croydon tram safety measures WILL be in place by next autumn, London mayor vows
It’s been two years since the derailment in which seven people tragically lost their lives.
The Mayor of London has made assurances that trams will be made safer following the second anniversary of the tragic Croydon tram crash.
When the tram derailed at Sandilands Junction on November 9, 2016, seven people died and 61 were injured.
London Assembly member Steve O’Connell asked the Mayor of London what progress had been made to implement safety measures following the 2016 crash at Sandilands Junction.
Sadiq Khan said: “Our thoughts remain with those affected by these tragic events.
“Even though two years has now passed, the pain for the family friends and the close knit community is still raw.
“We owe it to the victims, the families and to Londoners to ensure that lessons are learned and acted upon.”
He added: “Transport for London is making progress in implementing recommendations to make the network safer, which was set up by the Rail Accident Investigations Branch (RAIB).”
Mr Khan added that some measures are already in place including a device which detects driver fatigue, speed reduction and more signs on bends.
He said work is about to start on strengthening window glass on trams, which is expected to be finished by March next year.
Contracts for an automatic braking system are set to be issued by the end of the year and it is expected to be installed by September 2019.
This will mean that a tram could be slowed down if it is going over the speed limit or brought to a complete stop.
Mr O’Connell said: “Two years after the event and one year after the report, half of the recommendations are yet to be delivered, some I accept are outside of the direct control of TFL.”
He asked for a commitment that all recommendations under the control of TfL would be completed by March 2019.
But Mr Khan said that although some would not be completed until later in 2019, TfL would ensure Croydon improvements would happen “as soon as possible”.
Mr O’Connell added: “I think people of Croydon, New Addington and Sandilands would feel that it is unacceptable that it has taken so long for the recommendations to implement.”