RAIB probes Su­per­tram crash

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The Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (RAIB) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a col­li­sion be­tween a tram and a car in Sh­effield.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at Stan­i­forth Road at 1625 on Novem­ber 30 2018, and the oc­cu­pants of the car and a pas­sen­ger on the tram suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest that al­though there were is­sues with the op­er­a­tion of the tram, which Stage­coach Su­per­tram is in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ter­nally, RAIB says the cir­cum­stances of the ac­ci­dent “do not in­di­cate the po­ten­tial for safety learn­ing for the tramway suf­fi­cient to jus­tify fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

How­ever, the body at­tended a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent at the same lo­ca­tion on Oc­to­ber 25 2018, and so has writ­ten to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sh­effield City Coun­cil ad­vis­ing that a riskbased re­view of the junc­tion and the road traf­fic sig­nals is car­ried out and that prompt ac­tion is taken based on the find­ings of the re­view.

It also noted that the po­si­tion­ing of a pole sup­port­ing the over­head cate­nary had the po­ten­tial to worsen the out­come of the Novem­ber 30 ac­ci­dent.

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