Tram safety

Trams run from the Airport to York Place. 

  1. Look around you. Trams are quiet and you may not hear them until they are very close
  2. Don't gamble at junctions, wait for the green light and until the road is clear, a tram could be coming

Watch the videos below for further safety guidance.

We are also installing new red-surfaced cycle lanes making it safer for cyclists to cross tram tracks in the city centre.

Advice for cyclists

Look around you. Trams are quiet and you may not hear them until they are very close.

  1. Avoid leaning when crossing tram tracks
  2. Take care when cycling in the rain, the tracks are slippery
  3. Mind the gap. Keep your wheels out of the tram tracks, especially when overtaking other vehicles or turning at junctions. You should cross at least at 45 degrees, 60 if possible. If you can't, you should consider getting off your bike.
  4. Know your limits. Depending on the situation and your cycling experience, you may prefer to get off your bike at a safe point on the road to continue your journey
  5. Think ahead and signal early. Plan how you will cross the tracks and let other road users know your intentions
  6. Please follow the red cycle lanes if you are turning right across the tram tracks at
    • York Place into Elder Street
    • Princes Street into Frederick Street
    • Princes Street onto Waverley Bridge
    • Princes Street into South St David Street
    • Shandwick Place into Queensferry Street
  7. Follow the red surfacing on the existing cycle lane at Haymarket Yards
  8. The red cycle lanes are the safest route to cross the tram tracks to avoid slipping or getting your wheels stuck
  9. Look out for vehicles, the red cycle lanes are advisory lanes meaning vehicles can enter them.

Advice for drivers

  1. Think ahead and signal early. Let other road users know your intentions
  2. Avoid stopping on tram tracks. Give trams space, they can't swerve to avoid you
  3. Look out for pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road near to tram stops
  4. Give cyclists space, not just to the side but from behind. They need time and extra space to cycle safely near tram tracks
  5. If you see a cyclist indicating to turn across the tracks, you should stay at least 12 metres behind them - this is the length of 2 ½ cars or a bus
  6. Avoid driving on the red cycle lanes when cyclists are turning right at
  • York Place into Elder Street
  • Princes Street into Frederick Street
  • Princes Street onto Waverley Bridge
  • Princes Street into South St David Street
  • Shandwick Place into Queensferry Street

Advice for pedestrians

  1. Trams are quiet, so listen for the bell
  2. Take care in wet or wintry conditions, the tracks will be slippery
  3. Wearing headphones? On the phone? Look out for trams, you may not notice them until they are very close

Advice for working on or near the tram way

Tram overhead power lines carry 750v D.C. through the city and the wire is supported either on poles or building fixings.

There is a frequent passenger service which runs throughout the day along this tramline and on occasion trams can continue to run 24 hours. There are also sections of track which have specific weight limits.

If you want to carry out work adjacent to the tramline, you will require an Authority to Work (ATW) and specific training on the potential dangers.

Find more information on when an ATW is required.

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