TfL Seeks Suppliers for Post-Croydon Automatic Braking System on London Trams


The London Trams network will receive an installation of a new automatic braking system that will apply the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high-risk locations.

Plans to install the new system were formulated shortly after the Croydon disaster in November 2016, where a speeding tram’s driver lost awareness before the tram derailed on a bend near Sandilands station, killing seven people and injuring 51.

The disaster prompted TfL to improve a variety of safety measure across the network – including permanent speed reduction across all trams, increased speed monitoring, enhanced signage at specific bends, and the installation of a driver protection device that alerts to any alerts of fatigue, distraction or speeding.

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