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02 November 2018
Conservatives demand action on tram safety in Croydon

Cllr Simon Hoar, Conservative spokesman for transport, has written to Transport for London following the news that a number of sensible recomendations to improve tram safety in Croydon have not been implemented - despite the tragic crash in 2016 that claimed the lives of seven residents and injured a further 60.

Cllr Hoar sent the letter to Mike Brown, the Commissioner for TfL, to demand an explanation for the inexplicable delay and called for action to implemen the improvements quickly.

The letter reads:

Dear Mr Brown

It is now two years since the disastrous events of the Croydon Tram crash where seven Croydon residents lost their lives and over 60 were injured. As you know, following the crash, 15 recommendations were made by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to improve safety on the tram system. Almost a year on from the recommendations being published it has been reported this week that almost half of those, very sensible, recommendations are yet to be implemented, including areas as basic as emergency lighting and stronger windows.

As Commissioner of TfL I am sure that passenger safety is at the top of your priorities. These recommendations are essential for public confidence as well as for preventing another incident from ever happening again. The Mayor has accepted the recommendations and yet there is a delay in implementing whilst thousands of residents across Croydon, Bromley and Merton continue to travel on the trams despite the lack of these basic safety measures.

I would be grateful if you could provide a timeline for when TfL will manage to do this work, when it will make the trams safer for our residents to use without worry that something similar will happen again.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Simon Hoar'.

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