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Passenger injury following tram overspeeding at Middlewood Road

Passenger injury following tram overspeeding at Middlewood Road, Sheffield, 19 July 2018.

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This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this incident. See safety digest 10/2018

Google Streetview image of the curve approaching Middlewood Road Terminus (© 2018 Google – image date April 2017)
Google Streetview image of the curve approaching Middlewood Road Terminus (© 2018 Google – image date April 2017)

At around 15:58 hrs on 19 July 2018, a tram passed through a curve approaching Middlewood Road Terminus at about 23 mph (37 km/h), 13 mph (21 km/h) over the speed limit. The tram’s motion through the curve and the subsequent braking caused a passenger to be thrown across the tram and to strike a door. The passenger was injured and part of the door mechanism was broken causing the door to come open.

We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.

The safety digest will be made available on our website in the next few weeks.

Published 31 July 2018