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and report it to John Trayner MD @TheGoAheadGroup London cc'ing TfL's Bus Bosses, @willnorman @CarolineRussell (of @LondonAssembly) @StopKillingCycl & me. The only way to ensure TfL & CityHall don't just #CoverUp for TfL Contractors' #SafetyFail is to shine a light on it.
In my experience, it's clear that TfL => Trade Association set up to protect its Bus & Tram Contractors instead of regulating their Safety Performance. Read @CarolinePidgeon's & @KeithPrinceAM's MQTs sometime & you'll see how far City Hall & TfL go to protect them from #Scrutiny
The extent of TfL's ignorance about the causes of Bus v. Ped & Bus v. Cyclist Collisions is, IMO, gobsmacking. The average of unexplained causes is usually higher than 95%. Here's Oct2017 35 incidents, 33 of which are "unexplained."…
TfL's ignorance of the safety performance of its Bus contractors is, IMO, a deliberate negligence. If TfL pays BusCos only for On-Time Performance & removes any risk of BusCos being held responsible for the dangerous behaviour such contracts incentivise, Bus'll always be On Time
TfL Surface Transport's cozy relationship w Bus Contractors & Lethality of TfL's "witting negligence" is a #SafetyCulture it shared with its Tram Contractor too. In this Poor #SurfaceTransport #SafetyCulture lie roots of #CroydonCrash 9 Nov 2016…
IMO #StateCapture of TFL by #Private #ForProfit #SurfaceTransport Cos arose when #BusLobby @SirPeterHendy became MD TfL #SurfaceTransport & was carried out by faithful successors (& former employees) David Brown (now CEO @TheGoAheadGroup) & @LeonDaniels…
Hendy & his successors Brown & Daniels conflated "performance" with "timeliness" & removed #Safety completely from the contract monitoring equation. BusCos could make still make profits & win TfL-approved awards IF THEY KILLED MORE PEOPLE every year.…
IMO The key to this #Lethal Surface Transport System was to have TfL act as a "shield" to protect its private Contractors' interests (instead of protecting the public interest). More people killed & injured every year as a result, but "buses run on time"…
& it would seem TfL behaved same way protecting its #CroydonCrash Tram Operator b/c I can't think of any other reason why critical #Safety evidence withheld from Regulators & Investigators. I have a hunch… but no-one's investigating…
Recent TfL Board Minutes seem pretty damning: TfL Managers confirmed to @MLiebreich 3x that critical safety audit had been sent to Regulators & Investigators but that NEVER HAPPENED…
On 14 May, I wrote @MayorofLondon @SadiqKhan requesting an investigation to find out why #SafetyCritical Evidence was withheld from @raibgovuk @SNCLavalin @railandroad @BTP investigations but I never received an acknowledgement…
So on 27 May I wrote to Simon French of @raibgovuk asking for it to issue an amendment to its 7 December 2017 investigation to take into account the evidence TfL failed to send when it had plenty of time to do so. For example, RAIB report only referred to 2014 Audit not 2017's
and I heard back from @raibgovuk's head of Corporate Governance confirming they'd received my analysis & would get back to me. 2 days to hear from RAIB & I've heard ZILCH from @MayorofLondon since 14 May…
On 30 May I wrote to @CarolinePidgeon Chair of @LondonAssembly #AssemblyTransport. Given the Assembly'd just dragged in Boris to answer Qs about #GardenBridge Fiasco & Sadiq about #KnifeCrime, why not invite TfL bosses in to discuss #CroydonCrash #CoverUp?…
And Caroline responded SAME DAY "idea would be raised in Committee." So 2 Days for RAIB to respond w "we're taking your evidence seriously" & hours for London Assembly Transport Committee to respond w "got it, we'll give it serious thought" &, ZILCH from Mayor & TfL Chairman.
after I woke up from my coma & could talk/think again (ca 2 months after impact), I started to research my own near-death from a laptop while confined to my bed being fed thru a stomach tube. I couldn’t find any Bus Crash Data anywhere. Why was @TfL hiding this?

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Aug 19, 2018
#CroydonCrash #CoverUp @MayorofLondon @ValShawcross @Heidi_LDN: Kindly note 23May18 @TfL Board Minutes don't properly reflect what @MLiebreich actually said ICYMI "3 Times on 3 Separate Occasions IA 17780 had been sent to @raibgovuk @railandroad @BTP"
Regrettably, narrative City Hall & TfL PUSHING since I exposed #CoverUp January 2018… isn't supported by any FACTS.… @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM #CroydonCrash 7 People DIED, 62 Injured. #ShineALight NOW HT>@christianwolmar @V0LDN
In May18, I formally asked @LondonAssembly #AssemblyTransport to call City Hall & TfL Officials in for Formal Questioning… Why wasn't IA 17780 sent to #CroydonCrash Investigators, Regulators & Police when it'd been sitting in Top Managers' hands for months?
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@SadiqKhan @TfL #LondonBusWatch Reports from some Bus Depots: "A/C units being fixed" so THANK YOU for taking immediate action @MayorofLondon BUT as TfL Chair @Twitter reports from Bus Drivers & Volunteer Campaigners shouldn't be necessary #LeaveTheBunker @CarolineRussell
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell As TfL Chair, you shouldn't have to be embarrassed by Bus Drivers calling you on @LBC @mrjamesob #SpeakToSadiq to complain about #BusSafety issue which should not exist b/c TfL's Claire Mann told @oliviat_93 "A/C required on all new buses since 2012"…
@SadiqKhan @TfL @MayorofLondon @Twitter @CarolineRussell @LBC @mrjamesob @oliviat_93 Think about it: if it wasn't for @Unite_Battersea tweeting pictures of the temperature in his bus cab on Social Media AND Bus Driver calling into #SpeakToSadiq AND Olivia's scoop in the Standard, would you—as TfL Chair—have even known about the A/C issue?
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Jul 12, 2018
Bad News: Mayor's response essentially same as he gave to @KeithPrinceAM June MQT asking about 23 May TfL Board Meeting where @MLiebreich stated TfL Bosses had assured him 3 times had been delivered to Police, Regulator, Investigators
I recently blogged about why Mayor's recent response given to @LondonAssembly Members was "Questionable"… (oh, & BTW @CarolinePidgeon got a similar response in March from TfL MD Surface Transport
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@RichieVeitch Ta! Wish I didn't have to campaign re #CroydonCrash but @TfL @MayorofLondon REFUSE to respond to my request for investigation why @RAIB @ORR @BTP @SNCLavalin didn't receive @FirstGroupplc TOL Fatigue Audit. @Heidi_LDN?… @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM
@RichieVeitch @TfL @MayorofLondon @raib @orr @BTP @SNCLavalin @FirstGroupplc @Heidi_LDN @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM It's not like @SadiqKhan doesn't know about it...he was Chair of 23 May TfL Board Meeting when @MLiebreich ask for #CroydonCrash #CoverUp to be investigated so that "lessons can be learned" "won't happen again" @ValShawcross was at the same meeting too.
@RichieVeitch @TfL @MayorofLondon @raib @orr @BTP @SNCLavalin @FirstGroupplc @Heidi_LDN @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM @SadiqKhan @MLiebreich @ValShawcross . @LeonDaniels inspired me to look into #CroydonCrash #CoverUp by announcing to SSHR Panel YEAR GO TODAY "An audit of First Group’s fatigue management processes had taken place, these were found to be satisfactory & did not give rise to any concerns."…
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