A coroner has blamed the tram lines at East Croydon for the death of a cyclist in November last year. Roger de Klerk became trapped under a bus at the junction of Cherry Orchard Road and Addiscombe Road on 12th November 2013 having slipped on the tram lines shortly before the incident.
Selena Lynch, the coroner, stated in court that she “was in no doubt whatsoever” that the tram lines led to his death with the wheels of his bike apparently “coming into contact with the tram lines, causing him to lose control”. The bike was had smooth racing like wheels which, it was claimed, were narrow enough to become stuck in the grooves of the track although it was also wet on the ground which may have made the tracks slippery.
The coroner will now be writing to Croydon Council asking them to urgently look at the provision for cyclists at the junction and also across the rest of the Tramlink network.