A civic ceremony is to take place in New Addington next week to mark the third anniversary of the Sandilands tram derailment.

This news comes on the same day that the Crown Prosecution announced that no charges would be laid regarding the 2016 tragedy which killed seven people and left another 62 injured.

The service will take place at Market Square, Central Parage on November 9 and will begin at 11am. Floral tributes will be laid at the memorial plinth installed in honour of those affected by the incident, and the public will be able to lay their own tributes at the end of the ceremony.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council, said: “Although nearly three years have passed since that terrible day, we still hold those who sadly lost their lives in our memories.

"The ceremony will allow all those affected by this tragedy to stand together and pay their respects, whilst also showing their support to survivors and the wider New Addington community.”

The names of those who lost their lives are: Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, Philip Logan, Dorota Rynkiewicz, Philip Seary and Mark Smith.

In response to the news that no charged would be brought by the CPS, Cllr Newman added: “There are still unanswered questions over what happened that terrible morning, and we hope the families will get some more answers from the inquests now that these can be arranged.

“A tragedy like this must never happen again, and the focus must be for all the relevant organisations to continue to work together to ensure the public are safe.”