Croydon tram crash: Driver may have ‘lost awareness’ in moments before accident, new report suggests
The driver of the Croydon tram which crashed last year may have ‘lost awareness’ in the moments leading up to the accident, a new report suggests.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch report, released today, also states that the vehicle was travelling at 46mph at the time of the accident— almost four times the speed limit and faster than originally thought.
Seven people died and 51 were injured in the accident which happened on 9th November last year.
Mike Brown MVO, London Transport Commissioner, said: “Our thoughts remain with all those affected by the tragic tram derailment and we continue to do all we can to offer our support.
“We continue to work with the RAIB and will take on board all recommendations from this and other investigations, including our own, that are underway.
“Before resuming services on 18 November 2016, and in accordance with advice in the RAIB’s first interim report, additional speed restrictions and associated signage were introduced near Sandilands and at three other locations on the tram network.
“In January this year we installed chevron signs at four sites with significant bends including Sandilands to provide an additional visual cue for drivers.”
Further actions being considered by TfL include additional signage, more developed on-board speed monitoring and CCTV upgrades.
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