Croydon Tram - Correspondence sent to ORR and RAIB about May 2017 Driver Incident

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1130
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In an Evening Standard article on the 19 May 2017 about footage of an incident showing a Croydon Tram driver allegedly asleep while driving, the then Managing Director for Surface Transport was quoted as saying ""We have taken immediate action to refer this footage to the industry regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), for urgent investigation." Please publish the correspondence TfL sent to the ORR and the RAIB about this incident.

   

Answer

Answer for Croydon Tram - Correspondence sent to ORR and RAIB about May 2017 Driver Incident

Answer for Croydon Tram - Correspondence sent to ORR and RAIB about May 2017 Driver Incident

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London's (TfL's) Director of Health Safety and Environment spoke by telephone with the Office for Rail and Road's (ORR's) HM Principal Inspector of Railways with the Transport for London (TfL) Portfolio on 18 May 2017 to notify him of the footage that the Evening Standard had shared.  This call was followed up with an email the same day, which included the footage and requested that the ORR look into the matter.

A similar email was sent to the Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) on 18th May for their information and, if the RAIB deemed it appropriate, to inform its investigation into the derailment at Sandilands.

The emails are reproduced in full below.

Email to ORR:

Dear Keith

As discussed please find attached new footage the Standard have shared with us of a tram driver asleep. It was filmed yesterday at around 8am on a Wimbledon-bound tram at traffic lights at the junction of George Street and Wellesley Road/Park Lane. Passengers had to wake him up.

This is obviously concerning and I request ORR looks into the matter

Regards

Email to RAIB:

Dear Simon

For your information and to inform the RAIB's ongoing investigations into the derailment at Sandilands, if you feel this is appropriate, the Standard have made us aware of new footage of a tram driver asleep, please see attached. We believe it will be published tomorrow.

It was filmed yesterday at around 8am on a Wimbledon-bound tram at traffic lights at the junction of George Street and Wellesley Road/Park Lane. Passengers had to wake him up.

I have also made the Office of Rail and Road aware and asked them to enquiry further which they are doing.

Regards