Sandilands tram accident


Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



April 2017 in brief

Posted on May 11th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon’s news stories of April 2017, summarised in a handy page

Allegations that tram drivers fell asleep at the controls

National press reports claimed that drivers of Croydon trams have been sleeping at the vehicles’ controls, with the BBC reporting that four drivers had admitted they had done so. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch enquiry is underway into the tram derailment on Thursday 9th November 2016 which killed … Read More »



November 2016 in brief

Posted on December 12th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Tram derailment near Sandilands kills seven

Shortly after 6am on the morning of Wednesday 9th November, tram number 2551 derailed after leaving the Sandilands tunnel. The tram, which was travelling towards central Croydon from New Addington, overturned completely and fell onto its side. Seven people died in the accident, while fifty-eight more suffered injuries, many extremely serious. The … Read More »



Improving safety on our trams

Posted on December 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

A look at the interim report into the Sandilands tram accident

The terrible tram crash that occurred on 9th November at the Sandilands junction is still fresh in the memory. This was a dark day for Croydon. Our thoughts and sympathies at this time must be with those affected.

With the publication of the interim report of the Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB), we … Read More »