First Group TOL’s public statements about Fatigue Management not being a factor in the Croydon Tram Crash

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st August 2019.

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In a 29 March 2019 My London article (, a First Group spokesman states ""Following the tragic incident in 2016, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) concluded that the management of fatigue was not a factor..” Based on the conclusions of (a) the RAIB Report (b) the SNC Lavalin Investigation (c) and Fatigue Audit IA 17 780, do you agree with that statement?

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The comment made by Tram Operations Limited/FirstGroup is a matter for them. Both the Rail Accident Investigation Branch Report and the SNC Lavalin reports have been published. Transport for London (TfL) has worked and will continue to work to support the BTP, the RAIB, the ORR and others to establish the cause or causes of this tragic incident.  A significant amount of work has, and will continue to be done, to introduce additional safety measures on the tram network and ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. TfL continues to work with the wider industry to implement the recommendations set out by the RAIB and to share its research findings. The Audit Report IA 17 780 does not address whether fatigue management was a factor in the tragedy at Sandilands.