First Group TOL’s Cooperation with TFL on Tram Safety (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Since (a) that email was written less than a year after the Sandilands crash and (b) TfL’ s evidenced powerlessness to amend its 30 year contract with First Group TOL, what gives you confidence that First Group is cooperating with TfL on Tram Safety now?

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There have been a number of positive examples demonstrating that TOL is co-operating with Transport for London (TfL) on Tram Safety issues. The work to implement the RAIB recommendations have required a high degree of collaborative work between the TOL and TfL teams. For example, the industry leading Physical Prevention of Overspeed system, now in service across the whole network, required close co-operation to ensure the system could be introduced effectively. Further, the teams work closely together on a daily basis in responding to things like instances of trespass and vandalism, with TOL ensuring that the response received from the British Transport Police is appropriate and targeted to the right areas. Local specific safety campaigns to reduce instances of things like slips, trips and falls in depots and on the network are also carried out to make sure the possibility of staff and passengers being injured are eliminated.

There is no complacency. TfL takes its safety responsibilities seriously. TfL expects TOL to do the same and will take such steps in the day to day working relationship with TOL, pursuant to the contract with TOL and in relation to the Office of Rail and Road as are appropriate to promote and ensure co-operation and compliance.