The inquest into the London Tramlink derailment at Sandilands in November 2016 which tragically saw seven people lose their lives has been delayed after extra Coronavirus restrictions were introduced in London. It had been due to get underway on Monday 19th October.
Senior Coroner, Sarah Ormond-Walshe said in a statement: “I am very concerned about the jury. I do not think it is reasonable, given the increase in the Tier level for London and the infection rate in Croydon, to oblige a juror to spend the next few weeks in a room with 10 strangers. For the time being, therefore, the start of the Sandilands Inquests has been delayed by Covid-19. However, my team and I will continue as far as possible to take proactive steps, with a view to resuming, if at all possible, as soon as possible.”
With the inquest due to take place at Croydon Town Hall it isn’t possible for the main chamber to accommodate the jurors, court staff and solicitors with an increased 2 metre social distancing requirement now in place.
The inquest had originally opened on 21st November 2016 but was adjourned while further Police investigations took place. It is hoped that if it can resume within the next four weeks it will still be finished by Christmas.