Friday, July 05, 2019

'A Conspiracy Or A Cock Up?' - Assembly Members Call For An Independent Investigation




'A conspiracy or a cock up?' - Assembly members call for an independent investigation into TfL's reports on the Croydon tram crash

A motion was backed by members of the London Assembly on Thursday, July 4, calling for an independent investigation into the role Transport for London (TFL) played in supplying information to Croydon tram crash investigators have been made.

Assembly member Keith Prince put forward a motion claiming that TfL failed to provide key tram safety evidence following the tragic Croydon tram crash.

The tragic crash in November 2016 left seven people dead and more than 60 others injured, after a tram derailed at Sandilands.

And earlier this year TfL blamed human error for not immediately sharing an audit on driver fatigue with investigators of the crash.

Mr Prince proposed the motion calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to open an independent investigation into why TfL failed to hand over vital information which could have assisted the investigators.

Today (Thursday, July 4) he said: "In reality we do not know whether it is cock up or conspiracy and that simply cannot be accepted we need a definitive answer to this and many more questions.

"We need a truly independent inquiry into this matter so it stops all the speculation around it."

The motion was seconded by assembly member for Sutton and Croydon Steve O’Connell.

But Fiona Twycross described the motion as 'political gameplaying'.

She said: "We know that off their own instigation TfL did an internal audit to examine the effectiveness of fatigue management processes at the managers FirstGroup.

"We know that they immediately informed the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and we know that they also made the British Transport Police, who are still carrying out an investigation, aware so family liaison officers could bring this to the attention of family and victims of the Sandilands incident.

"Of course there were always lessons to be learnt and TfL has held their hands up and admitted that this audit should have been immediately sent to investigators. That this didn’t happen was the result of human error."

She added that TfL has since updated its procedures so that audits of a live investigation are automatically sent on.

The motion was backed with 10 votes in favour – Labour members abstained on the vote


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be the first hushed up conspiracy would it?

Hugh Bar said...

It smells like a cover up, the blame game again. It is not natural to keep changing sleep pattern. Not surprising drivers end up falling asleep behind the wheel or have accidents owing to tiredness. Thank goodness cab drivers don't have the pressure of driving when tired.

Anonymous said...

Its the aftermath of getting rid of the unions, or their muscle, these sleep issues would be ironed out with proper union representation, anyone see domonic rabb, the conservative guy that lost out on this latest leader election, wanted to ban minimum wage and holiday pay to workers, perhaps get them on a lot less than £7 odd an hour! When we are all out of work as taxi drivers, we might end up with one of these jobs, zero hours contract, they might call you at 5 in the morning to offer you 2 hours that morning, then maybe wait by phone when you get home as they might need you for a couple hours at 7 pm, its a race to the bottom without proper union representation, and its hard to come by, save the rmt, they know a good deal for their members! Anyway, keep voting for the tory eton boys everyone, they will look after us!

Anonymous said...

3.48 give it a rest,what mayor have we got khan=LABOUR,WHO INTRODUCED TFL? BLAIR=LABOUR,VOTE FOR THAT SHOWER OF KAK AGAIN?