Tram safety

Staying safe with the trams

Trams run from the Airport to York Place. See our tram safety videos on Youtube for further guidance.

Advice for everyone

Don't gamble at junctions, wait for the green light and until the road is clear, a tram could be coming.

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

Advice for cyclists

Cross the tracks close to a right angle. This won’t always be possible, but by crossing as close to a right angle as you can you’ll avoid slipping on the tracks.

Mind the gap. Keep your wheels out of the tram tracks, especially when overtaking other vehicles or turning at junctions.

Take care when cycling in the rain,  the tracks will be slippery.

Think ahead and signal early. Plan how you will cross the tracks and let other road users know your intentions.

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.

Advice for pedestrians

Listen for the bell, ding!

Wearing headphones? On the phone? Look out for trams, you may not notice them until they are very close.

Take care in wet or wintry conditions, the tracks will be slippery.

Advice for drivers

Avoid stopping on tram tracks. Give trams space, they can’t swerve to avoid you.

Give cyclists space. They need time to cycle safely across the tracks.

Think ahead and signal early. Let other road users know your intentions.

Look out for pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road near to tram stops.

Advice for working on or near the tram way

Tram power lines are over five metres, or around 18 feet, above the tracks and do not pose a danger to pedestrians and motorists at ground level or to those living and working in the vicinity of the tramway.

If you want to carry out work within two metres or 7 feet of the rail or overhead power lines, you need to be aware of the potential dangers.

Before you start work near the tramway you must agree a safe method of working with the Council and obtain authorisation to work.

See our guidance on working near or on the tram way.

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