Statement on CPS decision not to charge Croydon tram crash driver from lawyer representing bereaved family31 Oct 2019
Ben Posford says:
“This news will be devastating for many of the families, who assumed that the delay of almost three years meant charges might be brought at the end of the investigation. However, since the Rail Accident Investigation Branch reports into the crash were published within months of the accident, it was evident that investigators would struggle to find sufficient grounds to prosecute the driver of the tram with gross negligence manslaughter.
Understandably the police wished to explore every avenue and gather potential evidence, but for the bereaved families the process has meant an interminable wait for answers as to what happened to their loved ones and why.
We are days away from the three-year anniversary of the crash and what the family I represent wants, and have been asking for for many months, is an inquest. We need to understand why that corner of the track was not adequately risk assessed and get to the bottom of who made the decision not to install an automatic braking system. It is vital that the systemic failures that led to this tragic event are explored in an open and transparent process, so that answers are provided for the families of the bereaved, and lessons are learned for the future.”