Croydon tram service reopens a week after derailment

The Croydon tram service has reopened, just over a week after the derailment in which seven people died.

Investigators have said the tram was travelling at three-and-a-half times the speed limit when the crash happened near the Sandilands stop.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the tram, which was carrying about 60 people, was doing 43.5mph in a 12mph zone.

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TfL: Temporary speed restrictions on Croydon tram

Transport for London has imposed temporary speed restrictions on the area of track near the Croydon tram crash.

TfL: Temporary speed restrictions on Croydon tram. Credit: RAIB

Our engineers have now repaired all track and other equipment and have run trams over the repaired section.

We will follow the RAIB’s advice and, before service is resumed, will implement additional temporary speed restrictions and associated signage near Sandilands to supplement existing safety arrangements.

We are continuing to carry out a thorough safety assessment and are taking the advice of an independent panel of tram experts. We will only resume services for the local community once that rigorous assurance process has been completed.

– Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner

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