Croydon tram crash: Funeral costs offer from Transport for London
Transport for London (TfL) has offered to pay for the funerals of the seven victims of the Croydon tram crash.
Six men and one woman died, and more than 50 people were injured, when a tram overturned on 9 November.
TfL has pledged to do "everything we can to support the families and all those affected".
An interim report into the crash is due to be published on Wednesday, but it could take "many months" to produce a final report, investigators warned.
Announcing the offer of assistance to victims' families, London's Transport Commissioner Mike Brown said: "The TfL Sarah Hope line is available 24 hours a day to provide advice on a whole range of matters and immediate financial and other support.
"This includes covering funeral costs and travel expenses for relatives."
The RAIB said last week the two-carriage tram had been travelling "significantly" faster than the permitted 12mph (19km/h) as it entered a tight bend near the Sandilands stop.
Trade body UK Tram said tram accidents were incredibly rare and has cautioned against hastily imposed precautions as a knee-jerk reaction.
Simon French, head of the RAIB, appeared before MPs at the Commons Transport Select Committee on Monday and said a full investigation would involve a large number of interviews, as well as detailed analysis and examination of the evidence.
He said: "The completion of our investigation may take many months. If there's information of immediate safety importance that needs to be communicated of course we will do so as is normal in our investigations by issuing urgent safety advices."
Part of the investigation will seek to establish whether the 42-year-old driver, Alfred Dorris, may have fallen asleep or lost consciousness while in charge of the tram.
Mr Dorris, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released on bail until May.
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