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Croydon tram delayed further two weeks

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A HEALTH & Safety Executive investigation into a collision between a tram and a pedestrian looks set to delay the opening of the £200M Croydon Tramlink further, NCE can reveal.

In the week that tram operator Tramtrack Croydon announced that the likely opening date had been put back to mid-March at the earliest, the HSE confirmed an investigation into the collision could cause further delays.

A pedestrian sustained minor head, rib and wrist injuries while crossing the 1.2m wide track.

A spokeswoman for the HSE, which must grant approval before the new system can open, said: 'Road traffic accidents affect approval. When an accident occurs we have to look into the cause. In this instance, we will be looking to see whether there are any blind spots and will also be looking at the speed of the trams.'

She added: 'Inspections are being carried out this week but there is no deadline as to when this process will finish.'

TCL general manager Roger Harding said: 'We have had a couple of minor incidents over the last week. They are typical of the sort of accident that can happen. Traffic accidents do occur which are very regrettable and we take every action to ensure we minimise their impact.'

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