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London News with me,
It was a day that changed
lives in Croydon.
A tram travelling at speed derailed,
killing seven people
and injuring dozens more.
Today the findings of an official
report into the crash
were published, which found:
that the driver had probably dozed
off moments before it happened.
The speed warning signs
for drivers weren't
And there was a "culture of fear"
among staff which meant
incidents weren't being reported.
One of the survivors,
who broke her neck after being
thrown from the carriage,
says "things must change".
She's been speaking to our
Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards.
All I could feel, my head
was pounding, my neck was hurting,
I couldn't breathe.
I was just...
All I could think of
was pain, pain, pain.
Christine fractured her neck and
in the Croydon tram rush.
She was thrown through
one of the windows.
I was sitting through the window,
because the window had
completely broken out.
And I was sitting, I could see
the tram tracks and the stones.
She was rescued from this wreckage
and spent over three weeks in
She's lost her job,
and her old life is gone.
I'm in constant pain all the time.
I can't sleep, I don't even
know what eight hours'
sleep is like any more.
I'm alive and I thank God
for that, but I'm suffering
and struggling as well.
Constant pain all the time.
My life has changed completely.
Today's report found a broken
reporting system at the tram
operator run by First Group.
Nine drivers told investigators
they were going so fast they used
the emergency brake,
on the same sharp corner
where the tram later derailed,
but they didn't feel
they could report it.
And just days before the crash
a tram nearly toppled over taking
the same corner too fast,
and a passenger complaint
from Chantelle Singh
wasn't acted on properly.
I was thinking - this is it,
that's the end of my life,
because when I looked up and looked
through the window, there
was another tram waiting there -
I think it was a Beckenham Junction
tram, just at the junction -
and I was just thinking
that I was going to die.
Just thinking I was going to die.
I believe that, and any other driver
could potentially have been put
in the same position,
and therefore I think that the tram
operator needs to come out
and explain why that previous event
was not properly investigated,
and what steps they will take
to make sure that any near-misses
such as this are properly reported
and properly investigated.
Christine isn't sure who to blame,
but she wants the authorities
to make changes so the same thing
doesn't happen again.
They do need to really really
get their staff to be able to talk
to them if there is a problem,
because negligence causes lives
to be ruined, you know.
You can't just have your staff
and your staff can't come
to you if there is a problem,
because we are putting our
lives in their hands.
Well, Transport for London has
offered its condolences
to the families affected and today
they told our Political Editor,
Tim Donovan, that all 15
of the recommendations made
were already being acted upon.
Immediately we lowered the speed
limit on the tram system totally.
Where the speed goes from a higher
speed to a lower speed
with quite a difference,
we staged those down,
so down from 70 to 60,
to 40 to 20 kilometres per hour.
We have changed the signage
on the sharp corners in order
to make sure that the drivers
are fully aware of the approaching
corner, and we have fitted a device
in the cab of the tram,
a driver protection device,
which is designed to
guard against fatigue.
It is widely used in the trucking
industry, and also in coaches,
and this detects whether the driver
perhaps is suffering
from a distraction, maybe a fatigue,
sets off an alarm and also shakes
the seat to make sure the driver's
always vigilant at all times.
But it took this tragedy
for you to do this,
when it shouldn't have
done, should it?
Because there were other
incidents that were reported.
There was one other incident
just a few days before
which wasn't reported -
The system has had a very good
safety record, but sadly
on the 31st October,
just a few days before
this tragic incident,
a member of the public did send
in a report that a tram, she felt,
had been travelling too fast.
This report went straight to the
operator, Tram Operations Limited,
and was in the process
of being investigated.
And only a few days
later, of course, we had
the terrible tragedy.
Now, this report took far too
long to investigate.
One of the things that we have done
now is to make sure that those
reports come through us at Transport
for London so we have
visibility of them straightaway,
because we want to make sure
that these investigations,
when there are reports like this,
are acted on immediately.
Do you accept that if it had
been acted on faster,
that actually these lives
could have been saved?
The report does say that that
particular incident was not a causal
factor of this incident,
but it has to be the case that
anybody who has any concerns
about anything to do with safety
on our transport system in London
feels able to report it
and we should act on it as soon
as possible in order to prevent any
sort of safety incident.
And do you accept that that has not
happened and you should be really
concerned about that?
Because people have talked
about a culture of fear,
an inability to report,
or a worry about reporting
to this operator?
What do you say about that?
Well, nobody should have any fear.
Members of staff...
But they did have.
Well, they shouldn't have,
because they have a number
of ways of reporting.
Of course, the right thing to do
was to report it to their manager.
If they feel unable to do so,
people are able to report
it to the trade union.
There is a confidential
provided by the operator.
People can report any safety
concerns, and so we say
to all of the staff,
if there's anything that concerns
you about safety on the network,
you can report it without fear.
You can report it confidentially
if you wish to, and it's my job
to make sure that those reports
are acted on immediately
and we satisfy ourselves that
safety is paramount.
TfL's Leon Daniels
speaking to our Political
Editor, Tim Donovan.
In other news, the Mayor of London
says he has no interest in becoming
the next leader of the Labour Party
or Britain's first
Muslim Prime Minister.
Sadiq Khan was speaking ahead
of a meeting with Pakistan's Prime
Minister in Islamabad.
From there, our Political
Correspondent, Karl Mercer,
sent this report.
It's the sort of reception leaders
of countries usually get.
The highest of security,
the best of welcomes.
Pakistan's leading politicians
opened their doors to the Mayor,
if not entirely to the
chasing British press.
Today, for Sadiq Khan, a meeting
with Pakistan's Prime Minister.
It's an honour many visiting British
ministers haven't even been given.
I'm very proud that
you are the Mayor.
They call these grip and grins,
it's what politicians do a lot of.
This, the commerce minister...
This man, Pakistan's
Could you help us understand how
it is that the mayor of a humble
city in the United Kingdom gets
to meet such high-ranking officials
in Pakistan such as yourself,
and later the Prime Minister?
It's an honour for me that
Mr Sadiq Khan has been
the Mayor of London,
it's a matter of pride for us,
a great honour for us.
And we are proud of the values
and traditions of British people
that a person from the subcontinent
of Pakistani regions
could rise to that level.
When Boris Johnson travelled
the world when he was mayor,
people criticised him.
They said he was putting his
own political ambitions
ahead of those of London.
So what about this man?
Here, in the ambassador's garden,
meeting and greeting
dignitaries from overseas.
Are you saying you don't have
those grander ambitions?
Let me be quite clear.
I love being the mayor, I think I've
got the best job in the world.
I've no intention of being whatever
Boris Johnson wanted to be.
You don't even want to be
the leader of your party?
I do not want to be leader
of the Labour Party.
You don't want to be Prime Minister?
I do not want to be Prime Minister.
I think I've got a great job.
I've got a great job
as the Mayor of London.
I get to help the city that
I was born and raised in, and love,
but also I get to meet people whose
lives have been improved by some
of our policies from City Hall.
I love being the mayor of my city,
I have no intention of running
for the leader of the Labour Party,
no intention of seeking
to be the Prime Minister.
Absolutely ruling it out?
Even if the ball comes free
from the back of the scrum?
If the ball comes free from the edge
of the box, and I get a chance
to shoot in the top right-hand
corner and score a glory goal,
I wouldn't do that, because I've
already got a great job.
I'm playing a different game -
I'm busy playing cricket when you're
offering me a job playing football.
For now then, he says the job
he's actually sticking
to is that of being mayor.
That's it for now from me
so I'll say goodnight,
but let's find out
what the weather's up
to with Darren Bett.
to with Darren Bett.
How is it looking? Thank you very
much. We have sunshine today
eventually after the rain. There
will be more sunshine around
tomorrow but you've probably noticed
the change already. Much colder,
although for most parts tomorrow it
should be dry. Overnight we'll have
largely clear skies. There are some
showers that are trying to come down
from the north-west. Still quite
blowy out there and it'll feel
colder. Temperatures not far away
from freezing by the morning.
Probably a bright start with some
sunshine tomorrow. For the most part
it will be a dry day with sunny
spells but there will be more cloud
at times and we could see one or two
wintry showers from the north-west.
Steered down on a brisk wind. Temp
touring 3-5 but feeling colderp
given the strength of thep wind.
Into the weekend, looking at
generally dry and sunny but cold
weather on Saturday. Briefly on
Sunday there may be snow before it
turns back to rain but the threat of
heavy rain on Monday. A lot to