SNC Lavalin’s Delayed Receipt of Fatigue Audit 17 780 from TfL

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12323
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Paragraph 3.1 of TfL’s Briefing Note to the Board (http://content.tfl.gov.uk/24-july-2018-board-briefing-note%20-on-fatigue...) about its failure to send Fatigue Audit 17 780 to the Croydon Crash Investigators, Regulator and the Police states that while TfL sent IA 17 780 to the RAIB, ORR and British Transport Police on 12 February, TfL’s own Crash Investigator SNC-Lavalin did not receive a copy until 15 March 2018. What reason can you provide for the month delay?

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Answer for SNC Lavalin’s Delayed Receipt of Fatigue Audit 17 780 from TfL
SNC Lavalin’s Delayed Receipt of Fatigue Audit 17 780 from TfL

SNC Lavalin’s Delayed Receipt of Fatigue Audit 17 780 from TfL

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) commissioned SNC-Lavalin to conduct an independent investigation of the tram overturning to determine its causes and the surrounding circumstances, which included Tram Operations Limited’s fatigue arrangements. SNC-Lavalin completed work and its final report was published in full on TfL’s website on 10 January 2018.

The subsequent request made by the Chair of the SSHRP was understood to be whether TfL’s audit of fatigue management processes within Tram Operations Limited (IA 17 780) had been sent to RAIB, ORR and BTP.  IA 17 780 was sent to the RAIB, BTP and ORR on 12 February 2018 and this was confirmed to the Chair of the SSHRP shortly afterwards.  The Briefing note to the TfL Board dated 24 July 2018 sets out the clear explanation why IA 17 780 was not issued immediately upon its completion. 

TfL made a commitment to publish IA 17 780 at the conclusion of all ongoing investigations.  However, given the level of interest in the report, special permission was sought from the BTP and ORR to publish it despite their investigations continuing. IA 17 780 was consequently published by TfL on 16 March 2018. TfL sent the audit report to SNC-Lavalin for information on 15 March 2018 as part of the preparation for the publication on 16 March 2018.