Counselling for school kids and alcohol abuse programmes could soon be on the cards for the people of New Addington.

This comes as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today has announced that Transport for London would be giving £750,000 to Croydon Council in an effort to help people affected by the Sandilands tram tragedy.

Councillor Tony Newman was pleased to receive the funding

“The seven people who lost their lives on that awful day are never far from Croydon’s thoughts and I am pleased the mayor has made this funding available," he said.

"It’s been a council priority to ensure those that need additional support receive the right type of help and care, and this money will allow us to work with those affected to best assess how the community recovery programme can help them.”

Ideas have already been floated around as to how best use the money, including professional training in the healthcare system to better recognise trauma-based presentations as well as extra support for mental health services and substance abuse programmes.

Mr Khan said the people of New Addington had shown "real strength" since the tragedy.

“It’s vital that we continue to do all we can to support everyone affected by the tragedy at Sandilands," he said.

"The New Addington community has shown real strength in supporting one another, and I’m determined that we continue to be there to offer our assistance in the years to come.

"I hope that through this funding we can help the local community receive the support it needs.”

The money will be provided to council on a gradual basis over the next three years.