Tram safety

Committed By: 
The Mayor
In response to: 


Steve O’Connell AM:  Can I have your commitment that all of the recommendations within your control will be delivered by March 2019?  Am I correct in understanding that?

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, without repeating the answer ‑‑

Steve O’Connell AM:  No, I do not want you to do that.

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ some of the work will not happen until December 2019.  The procurement is happening now and so it depends on that.  One of the answers I gave referred to December 2019, but I am happy to set out each of the things and when they will happen in a letter to you.

You are right to chivvy at TfL to make sure those that are in our gift and are just for Croydon trams happen as soon as possible.  For those that are clearly for the wider UK tram industry, we will chivvy them to make sure those happen as soon as possible as well.

Steve O’Connell AM:  The people of Croydon, New Addington and Sandilands would feel that it is unacceptable that it has taken so long after the recommendations in the report to implement the specific recommendations.  Would you agree that the delay has been too long, Mr Mayor?

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I would agree that any delay is too long, but some of this is not in the gift of TfL.  It is the UK tram operators.  Some of it is world-leading stuff in relation to automatic braking.  How do you strengthen the windows but at the same time allow them to be accessible when a tram is on its side?  This is new stuff that the industry is working on, but TfL has been pushing at all times in relation to the industry and has been learning lessons from around the country.  I am hopeful that that will not only lead to an improvement in relation to safety in Croydon, which it must, but also lead to improvements in relation to trams across the country as well.

Steve O’Connell AM:  That is the point because we do not want this awful incident to be replicated anywhere else in the country.  I look forward to you writing to me, Mr Mayor, with the details around that and also what you will be doing, in your words, to chivvy at organisations that are not directly under your remit.  I look forward to that.

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, that is very fair.