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Tram was speeding at 43mph before it crashed – official report

The preliminary report

Inside Croydon

The preliminary report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the circumstances which led to the tragic derailment at Sandilands a week ago, when seven people died, states that the tram was travelling at 43.5mph – more than three times the speed limit of 12mph on that stretch of track.

A preliminary report into last Wednesday's tram crash suggests that speed restrictions at Sandilands need to be moved further back from the sharp bend A preliminary report into last Wednesday’s tram crash suggests that speed restrictions at Sandilands need to be moved further back from the sharp bend The brief interim report comprises fewer than nine pages. It is short and to the point.

And it is clear that the investigators believe that a change in the speed restrictions is needed before trams reach the 90-degree bend in the track into Sandilands tram stop.

The inspectors’ report says that a tram would have to apply its brakes full-on 180 metres before the existing speed restriction sign at the Sandilands junction if it is to…

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