Post by Roland Perry
But it's not the final report, just a holding-letter.
The first three key recommendations are things the travelling public are
entitled to expect would have happened years ago.
For anyone who hasn't clicked on the link:
Key recommendation areas addressed to UK tram operators, are likely to be:
- provision of active tram protection to prevent serious accidents due to
excessive speed at high risk locations
- research into active means of detecting the attention state of drivers
and intervening in the event of inattention
- improved containment of passengers by tram windows and doors
- setting up of an industry body to facilitate more effective cooperation
between UK tramway owners and operators on matters related to safety
performance and the development of common standards
I suppose most of us (me included) hadn't realised that the increasingly
sophisticated train safety systems and standards simply didn't apply to
trams. I wonder how many, if any, of these recommendations are used in
other trams, here or elsewhere? I suspect none, as Croydon uses standard
tram designs, as used elsewhere. So will other tram systems, in the UK and
elsewhere, also need these safety improvements?