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December 7, 2017

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Croydon tram accident: Risk of overturning on curves “not properly understood”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found the risk of trams overturning on curves was “not properly understood” on the tramway and there were insufficient safety measures, according to its report into the Croydon tram crash last year

(Image: a tram heading for Sandilands station)

The finding come in the RAIB’s report into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands junction, Croydon, on 9 November 2016.

Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said: “The RAIB’s report into the accident at Sandilands will stand as the record of the events that led to the tram overturning and the terrible human consequences. Our careful analysis of the evidence, and identification of the causal and underlying factors, has enabled us to make a number of far-reaching recommendations. These will have a lasting impact on the way that the tramway industry manages its risk.

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Nigel Bomber Harris
Nigel Bomber Harris
1 year ago

I still wonder why no one has picked up on braking points. The second tunnel gap requires 9 percent g braking equivalent with consideration to the falling gradient. The exit from the tunnel will surely be a low adhesion zone especially in November when wet. Around 50 percent of other tram drivers don’t brake at the second tunnel gap. Why this polarised braking strategy? I would brake from 500 m using basic calculation of about 6 percent g, and 2 seconds retarding force build up. The time lost is just is about 5 seconds. The error safety margin is substantial… Read more »