Croydon Tram - Incidents of Speeding

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


After speed monitoring was enhanced following the Croydon Tram Crash in November 2016, how many incidents of speeding trams have been reported and by how much were the trams speeding on each occasion?  What, if any action, is being taken against the tram drivers involved in these incidents?


Answer for Croydon Tram - Incidents of Speeding

Answer for Croydon Tram - Incidents of Speeding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) takes extremely seriously any instance of speeding on the network. Safety remains the top priority for TfL and the operator Tram Operations Limited (TOL).

Following the derailment, TfL carried out a thorough safety assessment and took the advice of an independent panel of tram experts as part of a rigorous safety assurance process before resuming services. TfL introduced additional speed restrictions on the approach at Sandilands and three other bends on the tram network. TfL also installed chevrons at these sites and new digital signs to warn drivers of the speed limit.

TfL continues to explore the development of in-cab systems for monitoring and managing tram speed.

Attached is a table showing the reports made by TOL of the number of speeding events detected, along with any action taken. Many of the speeding events do not require any action as these are one to three kilometres per hour over the speed limit and within the allowance for error in the reading. Tram drivers are employed by TOL, and so the outcome of any disciplinary action they take against their employees is confidential to them but in these instances, TfL has been informed whether the driver received a 'briefing' or whether 'action' was taken.

The oversight panel established to review the resumption of service following the derailment remains in place to oversee the safety governance system, the mitigations that have been implemented following the derailment, and FirstGroup's day-to-day safety performance and management arrangements. This comprises senior representatives from FirstGroup and TfL. In particular, TfL continues to monitor the enhanced driver management arrangements FirstGroup have put in place, which includes the more frequent programme of speed checks, fatigue management and counselling.