Council and the Royal British Legion to hold extended period of silence at Croydon war memorial outside the Town Hall on November 11 to remember those affected by Wednesday’s tram derailment, while the Red Cross, council staff and community groups offer advice and support at a welfare centre in New Addington
The crashed tram carriages at Sandilands could be removed from the site overnight, according to information from a senior source at Croydon Council.
But it may now be next week before the whole of the Tramlink network is back in operation.
Investigators from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been at the scene of the tragedy for almost 36 hours now, combing through the wreckage for clues which might help to explain how the derailment might have happened, claiming the lives of seven Croydon residents – who now, it has been announced by the British Transport Police, comprised six men and one woman.
No other information regarding the identities of those killed in the crash has been released yet, beyond the name of 19-year-old Dane Chinnery, which was made public by family and friends overnight.
Three other victims of the crash, who suffered potentially life-changing injuries, are recovering in hospital, a spokesman from the major trauma unit att St George’s Hospital in Tooting announced this afternoon.
Shortly after dusk this evening, lorries carrying massive arc lights and heavy lifting gear slowly moved into position down Addiscombe Road towards the crash site, where it is expected that the tram carriages will be removed.
According to an email to staff from Croydon Council chief executive Jo Negrini, “This morning we have been told that the tram is due to be moved from the site overnight. Following that, and once British Transport investigations are concluded, the site will be handed back to Transport for London and the local authority to undertake the necessary repairs to bring the service back to normal.”
Negrini’s email seems to indicate that “normal” won’t be before the weekend, as transport officials had first suggested. “The inner and outer cordons will remain in place over the weekend or until the situation changes,” Negrini informed council staff.
The council has set up a book of condolence in the Town Hall and a second one in New Addington, where it is suggested that the majority of the tram’s passengers and their families live. “The focus on New Addington follows early information about the number of casualties originating from there and the surrounding areas,” Negrini said in her email.
From tomorrow, the welfare centre set up by the council in New Addington will be based at CALAT on Central Parade, where it will remain at least until Sunday evening, open from 9am until 9pm. The centre is being staffed by council officers, the British Red Cross, Victim Support, Rail Care Teams and local church and community groups who are offering support, counselling and advice to anyone affected.
And the British Transport Police helpline, for those affected by the crash or trying to locate missing loved ones who may have been passengers on the tram, has been changed. It is now: 0800 405040.
The council has agreed with the Royal British Legion to invite members of the emergency service teams involved in this week’s operation to attend Friday’s Armistice Day commemoration at the Croydon war memorial in Katharine Street at 11am, where there will be an additional one minute’s silence for the victims of the tram incident.
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