Transport for London and Tram Operations Limited have today been fined a total of £14 million for failings in their health and safety duties following the tragic deaths of 7 people in the Sandilands tram crash on 9th November 2016.
The judge noted that the ‘complacency’ around the lack of lighting and visual cues in the tunnel approaching the Sandilands stop was ‘disturbing’, and said that this ‘was undoubtedly an accident waiting to happen’.
Today’s ruling means TfL and TOL have been publicly and legally held to account for their failings. But we should be under no illusions: even with this ruling and an admission of guilt from the two companies, the crash will forever be a source of great pain for the families and friends of those who died.
For the community in Croydon, who felt their grief so keenly, the 9th November will remain a day of remembrance. My thoughts today lie with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.