Croydon Tram Crash

MQT on 2018-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your response to Question 2018/0316 states that TfL released the Internal Audit Report IA 17 780 "Management of Fatigue in Tram Operations Limited" to the RAIB, ORR, SNC-Lavalin and British Transport Police on 12 February 2018. As this Audit was sent to TfL managers directly involved in the Croydon Crash investigation on 15 September 2017, can you explain why this audit was not supplied immediately to RAIB and SNC-Lavalin who were still investigating at the time and whose reports were not released until December 2017 and January 2018? 


Answer for Croydon Tram Crash

Answer for Croydon Tram Crash

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In May 2017, Transport for London (TfL) commissioned an audit in response to concerns about driver fatigue, following an incident recorded by a member of the public on a tram in Church Street.  The resulting report is the Internal Audit Report IA 17 780 ‘Management of Fatigue in Tram Operations Limited’ and is separate from the investigation into the Sandilands derailment.

The RAIB, SNC-Lavalin and other authorities were aware of this separate incident and TfL always provided them with any information requested. The report following the Church Street incident was completed in September 2017 and the RAIB, SNC-Lavalin, BTP and ORR were provided with copies in February 2018. It was discovered that by administrative error the audit report on fatigue management had not been sent as intended, for which I would like to offer our sincerest apologies. This was remedied on 12 February 2018, when the report was sent to RAIB, as well as to the BTP and ORR.


TfL sought permission from the bodies whose investigations remain open to release the report to the public in advance of their investigations concluding, and it can be found here: TfL continues to provide support to the BTP and ORR as they carry out their investigations.