RAIB Recommendations to TfL Buses after the Fatal 2008 Croydon Tram Crash

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0046
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The 2009 RAIB Report on the September 2008 Fatal Crash between a Croydon Tramlink Tram and a TfL Bus expressed specific concerns about the design of the front upper window of the double decker bus not affording passengers enough protection in the event of a crash and, in this particular incident, resulted in the victim being ejected through this window and dying.  What actions did TfL take to improve the upper deck front window design of double decker buses as a result of the January 2009 RAIB Report?

Answer

Answer for RAIB Recommendations to TfL Buses after the Fatal 2008 Croydon Tram Crash

Answer for RAIB Recommendations to TfL Buses after the Fatal 2008 Croydon Tram Crash

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thankfully, there hasn't been a recurrence of this type of collision on the bus network, and the circumstances of the collisions were exceptionally rare.

TfL reviewed its vehicle specifications at the time to ensure these met the highest passenger safety standards and concluded that a front window redesign was not warranted.

TfL continues to review enhancements, such as developing a ground-breaking bus safety specification for London vehicles. This will specify safety technology that should be incorporated into the design of new buses from 2018, to help minimise injuries and fatalities to passengers and road users.