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Coroner postpones tram crash inquest until Spring next year

The South London Coroner has postponed the inquest into the Croydon tram crash again, this time until next year. Expected to last for 12 weeks, the inquest was due to have begun at Croydon Town Hall last month. It was … Continue reading

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Report: TfL safety audit kept secret from crash investigators

Transport for London was conducting a safety audit of the Croydon tram network at the time of the 2016 Sandilands disaster which claimed seven lives. The existence of the safety audit report has only come to light under the disclosure … Continue reading

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Sutton Cancer Hub and south of Croydon to get new bus routes

With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital, TfL is consulting on new and re-routed bus services around Belmont, Sutton, Purley, Addiscombe and Waddon, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Croydon and Sutton are … Continue reading

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Sandilands tram crash inquest is postponed due to covid

The long-delayed inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Croydon tram crash in November 2016 has been delayed again – this time because of the change in distancing rules to prevent the spread of covid-19. The inquest was … Continue reading

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Air ambulance flies in after knife fight at Therapia tram stop

The London Air Ambulance flew in to deal with a victim of a knife fight which began on a tram or near the tram stop at Therapia Lane on Sunday afternoon. A teenager was treated for a shoulder wound, an … Continue reading

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Tories impose inflation-busting fares increase on Londoners

Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze will be ended in January, just weeks before the London elections take place, as JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports Fares on Transport for London-operated buses, Tubes, trains and trams will rise by a “punitive” 2.6 … Continue reading

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Bank robbers and Beethoven: life on the buses has changed

Our roving reporter, KEN TOWL, after months of observing lockdown, has been roving a little more than usual this past week, checking how Croydon’s public transport is coping with the new normal Friday, and I can’t help but think that … Continue reading

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What might have been: how Croydon Trams should have grown

Have you ever wondered what the Croydon Tram network might look like if the Crystal Palace extension, or the much-talked-about Sutton line, had ever been built? Loyal reader Anthony Norris-Watson certainly, and he put together something which Ken Livingstone or … Continue reading

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Celebrate 20 years of the Croydon Trams with our competition

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first fare-paying passenger services to run on the Croydon Tram network, and to help our loyal readers celebrate, we have a copy of the recently published Croydon Tramlink, A Definitive History, by … Continue reading

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Tram ticket inspector is 29th London transport worker to die

A ticket inspector on Croydon’s trams is the 29th transport worker in London to die from coronavirus, according to reports from the BBC this morning. The man, believed to be in his late 50s, is as yet unnamed. “Sadly, a … Continue reading

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Author tracks 20 years of history with Croydon Tramlink

KEN TOWL reviews an extensive and exhaustive new book about the local light rail network, which opened for service in May 2000 As former ITN newsreader and “The Voice of Tramlink”, Nicholas Owen notes in his foreword that the transport … Continue reading

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Threat of bus strike as 1 in 3 drivers in ‘close call’ due to fatigue

More than three years since the Croydon tram crash saw ‘driver fatigue’ raised as a possible cause of the disaster, now bus drivers are threatening strike action over concerns for the safety of their passengers and themselves. RORY KELLY reports … Continue reading

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Inquest into Croydon tram crash to begin in September 2020

Croydon Town Hall will be the venue for the jury inquest into the seven deaths in the 2016 Sandilands tram crash. The inquest is expected to last 12 weeks, and will begin in September 2020. The inquest opened in November … Continue reading

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College building in park could end Crystal Palace tram scheme

Any prospect of extending the tram network to Crystal Palace could hit the buffers before its backers even check-in at a platform, if the GLA gets its way. Piece by piece, the Greater London Authority, which has responsibility for the … Continue reading

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Labour election candidate challenged over tram crash cover-up

A London Assembly Member and General Election candidate for a Labour safe seat has been accused of protecting the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London from “serious, legitimate questions” over the safety of the tram network. Michael Liebreich spent … Continue reading

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Councils considering reviving Crystal Palace tram extension

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on moves to implement a long-promised improvement to the public transport system The on-off-on-off-on again-off again extension of the Croydon tram network to Crystal Palace could be… on again. But this time, it is Croydon … Continue reading

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Jones leading calls for a change of laws over tram safety

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Croydon tram crash, families of the victims have launched a campaign to reform tram safety, demanding that “the tragedy of the Croydon tram crash must never happen again”. Supported by Sarah … Continue reading

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No one to blame. Or no one cares? Tram crash case dropped

No one was to blame. That, after three years of investigations by police and other agencies, was the view of the Crown Prosecution Service when it announced yesterday that there were to be no charges brought following the Croydon tram … Continue reading

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After two-year delay, TfL fits automatic brakes to trams

As we approach the third anniversary of the Sandilands tram crash, Transport for London has announced that the fleet of trams operating on the Croydon network are to be fitted with an automatic braking system. Seven people were killed and … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan under growing pressure over tram fatigue cover-up

A former senior adviser to two London Mayors will use the transport committee meeting at City Hall tomorrow to call for an independent investigation into how TfL censored a safety report at the request of the tram operators, and then … Continue reading

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Documents show TfL censored safety audit after tram crash

Long-standing suspicions that there has been a cover-up over safety reports relating to the tram network following the 2016 Sandilands crash appear to be confirmed today, with the publication of a file of documents which show that reports critical of … Continue reading

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TfL announces set of measures to deal with bus driver fatigue

Transport for London this morning announced a range of measures to address fatigue among bus drivers, which has been reported as a factor in several incidents involving the capital’s buses. The transport authority has promised that “there will be a … Continue reading

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Trams and bus services to be heavily curtailed for 10 days

The trams service will be suspended between East Croydon and New Addington, and Elmers End and Beckenham Junction from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1. There will also be a reduced frequency of service for trams to Wimbledon during … Continue reading

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Tram services suspended in Croydon town centre for repairs

Transport for London announced yesterday that the tram service will be suspended between Reeves Corner and East Croydon overnight tonight and through Sunday morning, while cable repair work is carried out on Church Street. TfL said, “We will need to … Continue reading

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City Hall to debate Mayor investigation of TfL role in tram crash

The role of Transport for London officials in the withholding of “critical safety evidence” from the official investigation into the causes of the 2016 Sandilands tram crash is to be debated at City Hall this week. Mayor Sadiq Khan is … Continue reading

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