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Fatal tram accident in Croydon

RAIB is investigating the fatal tram accident that occurred near to Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system at around 06:10 hrs on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

A tram derailed on the approach to the junction, and turned onto its side. At least seven people are known to have died as a result of the accident. A further 50 people were taken to hospital, most of whom have since been released.

The tram was operating an ‘inbound’ service from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon town centre. Sandilands Junction is the point where inbound trams from the Beckenham Junction/Elmers End and New Addington routes converge, shortly before they arrive at Sandilands tram stop (to the east of Croydon town centre). Trams approaching from the New Addington direction have to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve with a speed limit of 20 km/h (12 mph) before reaching the junction. The derailment occurred on the curve and initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.

RAIB is currently collecting evidence needed to identify factors relevant to the cause of the accident and its consequences.

A final report, including any safety recommendations, will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. RAIB has issued an interim report, containing details of its investigation so far. A summary of this is available in the Reports section.

Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Gavin Barwell, gave a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 14 November on the incident. His statement, and responses, can be read in full here

November 2016