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RAIB issues second interim Sandilands report

The UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued a second report into the 9 November Sandilands derailment on the London Tramlink network in which seven people died.

The UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued a second report into the 9 November Sandilands derailment on the London Tramlink network in which seven people died.

The report clarifies the number of passengers onboard the tram, which has been increased from 60 to 70, and confirms that the service brake was only applied 2.5 seconds before the tram reached the 20km/h (13mph) speed limit sign before Sandilands Junction. At the point it passed the sign the tram was travelling at 73km/h (46mph).

Transport for London has confirmed that before resuming services on 18 November 2016, and in accordance with advice in the RAIB’s first interim report, additional speed restrictions and associated signage were introduced near Sandilands and at three other locations on the tram network. Chevron signs were installed in January at four sites with significant bends and information has been shared with other UK tram operators.

Further action being considered includes additional digital lineside signage at key locations and the adoption of technology used on buses to provide greater speed and location monitoring of trams.