There will be disruption ‘for days’ on Croydon tram network after fatal crash
Passengers used to the Croydon tram network have been warned to expect disruption on the that will last for days as a result of the crash which has claimed the lives of seven people.
The Croydon tram which derailed as it approached Sandilands is believed to have been travelling significantly above the speed limit, it was revealed this afternoon.
The tram’s driver has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
It was orignially confirmed that five people had died although later the mayor of London Sadiq Khan warned that the death toll was expected to rise.
At about 5.30pm it was confirmed that seven people had now died as a result of the crash.
The tram remains on its sideAssistant Chief Constable Robin Smith, from the British Transport Police, has warned residents who use the trams to expect disruption that will last for days.
He said: “We’ve gone past the recovery phase, now it’s the systematic recovery of evidence, making sure we understand exactly what has happened.”
Asked how the derailment happened, he said: “That’s what everyone wants to know; what I want to know, and I’m sure what the families want to know.
“There’ll be a painstaking investigation, and we’re trying to understand how this accident has happened.”It’s a very, very difficult challenge for our staff.”
He added: “There will be disruption for the local community but we’re sure they’ll bear with us.”
Meanwhile Mike Brown, Transport for London’s commissioner said a black box-style data recorder on the tram would be examined as part of the investigation.
The scene from above the derailed tram“It’s a very difficult scene,” he said.”The vehicle is lying on its side and it’s in quite a restricted area, because of the trees on all sides.
“It’s challenging for the people [emergency services] involved, but they’re doing, of course, a fantastic job and it’s times like this we should be proud of police, fire and ambulance crews, and my own TfL team”
Asked what the cause of the crash may be, he said: “It really is far too early to say. It’s very important that we take data from the tram – there’s a recorder that stores data on the vehicle.
“We will be cooperating fully with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s investigation.
“Thankfully fatal accidents [on our network] in the capital are extremely rare, and even rarer on the trams.
“Since this tram network was fully operational 16 years ago we haven’t seen an incident on the network [of this scale], but that brings it into sharp focus just how serious this is.
“I don’t think we’ll have services up and running until at least the weekend.”