Following the tragic events on the Tram at Sandilands earlier this week our Labour Councillors for New Addington, a community badly affected, would like to issue this public statement.
“The events of yesterday are still difficult to comprehend. The tram incident at Sandilands led to 7 fatalities and over 50 people injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and their loved ones.
We want to thank all those from the British Transport Police, London Ambulance, London Fire Brigade, and Croydon Council who worked so hard yesterday with the rescue and recovery efforts. We also extend our thanks to the medical staff who attended to those involved and the volunteers at the ACA who provided support to families.
The ACA is open to all those who want to drop in for information and support. Thanks to the Council Staff and local volunteers who are facilitating this. There will also be a book of condolence open at the ACA should anyone want to sign it. We will ensure that this book is combined with the borough wide one that is open at Croydon Town Hall.
If anyone is concerned about loved ones who may have been caught up yesterday’s accident and requires more information call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0560154.
There are extra busses being put on from AVI and more information can be found here: croydon.gov.uk/tramincident
At 11am tomorrow we will stop to remember the sacrifices made by military and service personnel in conflict, but we will also take this opportunity to hold an additional minute’s silence to remember those who sadly lost their lives in yesterday’s accident. Anyone wishing to pay respect to those affected by yesterday’s tragedy can join at the cenotaph on Katharine Street for the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying tomorrow at 11am.
Churches together in New Addington will be holding a time of prayer and reflection at St Edwards Church on Saturday from 4 – 6pm.
As councillors for New Addington we will be holding an additional surgery on Saturday from 10am – 12noon at the library for anyone who wants to drop in to discuss this incident or anything else.
This horrific incident will have a profound effect on New Addington. At the moment our thoughts are with those involved, their friends, families and loved ones.”
Cllr Oliver Lewis, Cllr Lousia Woodley, Cllr Simon Hall and Cllr Carole Bonner