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 at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

In your response to Question 2019/12324 you stated that First Group's statements that "Following the tragic incident in 2016, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) concluded that the management of fatigue was not a factor” is "a matter for first group."

Given that (a) First Group TOL's income is derived entirely from a single 30 year contract it has with TfL; and (b) IA 17780 identified a number of manifest deficiencies in First Group TOL's Fatigue Management System, should I interpret your response as an abdication of the safety oversight responsibility which falls on TfL as sole contractor and you as TfL Chair?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No. The opposite is the case. Tram Operations Ltd are obliged to comply with their contractual and statutory obligations.  We will forever remember those who lost their lives or were injured in the tragedy at Sandilands. Transport for London (TfL) and I have been active in working to introduce additional safety measures on the tram network and to implement all of the recommendations set out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. Regular updates on progress towards the completion of the recommendations are published on TfL’s website via the following link:  https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/trams/croydon-tram

Safety is my top priority, and TfL shares my Vision Zero commitment to work to ensure the entire transport network is free of death and serious injuries.