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 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 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 may require an Authority to Work (ATW) and specific training on the potential dangers.

More information on when an ATW is required can found at the following link

http://edinburghtrams.com/community/working-around-trams

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