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The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has issued urgent advice to Transport for London following the fatal crash east of Croydon on 9 November, in which seven people died in an overturned tram and 51 were hurt, eight seriously.
The interim report reveals that the tram was travelling approximately three and half times faster than the 12.5 mph (20km/h) speed limit through the curve at Sandilands Junction. Early investigations by the RAIB have ruled out a track fault and also the likelihood of brake failure, although this has yet to be confirmed by detailed tests. The RAIB said: "initial investigation has not indicated any malfunction of the tram's braking system". Transport for London has been advised to install more speed restriction signs at Sandilands Junction before the line reopens.
The RAIB report can be found here. (PDF file)
17 November 2016
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