Tram safety & the future of London’s transport

10 September 2019

Safety on London’s trams has been of grave concern since the 2016 Croydon tram crash in which 7 people were killed.

An independent investigation into the crash found driver error to be the main cause.

Transport for London has been accused of a lack of accountability and transparency in the aftermath of the crash when providing information for the investigation.


Tomorrow, the London Assembly Transport Committee discusses the safety of London’s trams since the Croydon tram crash and the process followed by Transport for London since the incident.


The guests are:

  • Michael Liebreich, former Board Member, TfL
  • Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport


Prior to this, the Committee will discuss the pressure London’s transport system is under with the high volumes of people travelling in, out and across the city.

A recent YouGov survey to support the Transport Committee’s investigation on the future of London’s transport found overcrowding to be the main reason Londoners dislike travelling on public transport.[1]

With London’s population expected to increase from 9.1 million to 10.8 million by 2041, it is vital that we find a way to cope.


In this panel, tomorrow, the London Assembly Transport Committee will explore the state of transport now and how it needs to develop in the future to meet passenger needs.

The guests are:

  • Diarmid Swainson, Central London Forward
  • Paul Goulden, Age UK London
  • Sarah Sturrock, South London Partnership
  • Joe Irvin, Living Streets


The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 10:00am in The Chamber (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend


The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or Youtube. 


Follow us on @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyTransport, #FutureLDNTransport and #BusTramSafety

Notes to editors

  1. [1] Full results of the survey can be found here
  2. Full agenda papers
  3. Florence Eshalomi AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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