Safety in spotlight as tram testing expands

4 August 2019

NSW Police and Transport for NSW have joined forces to help spread the word about tram safety, encouraging people to keep their heads up and be aware around the new light rail corridor.

Mobile phone distraction and people crossing in front of trams are particular dangers, so ditch the distraction, follow the road rules and pay attention.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy urged people to keep their heads up and be aware around the new light rail corridor, as tram testing continues to ramp up ahead of services in December.

“We have had a few near misses during the tram testing as people get used to having trams around. Mobile phone distraction and people crossing in front of trams are particular dangers,” Mr Corboy said.

“The message for all road users is the same; ditch the distraction, follow the road rules and pay attention.”

Transport for NSW launched the “Heads Up, Play it Safe around Light Rail” safety campaign during July.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast encouraged road users to take a look at the safety campaign on the light rail website and read through the important safety tips.

“We’ve launched our new campaign to ensure Sydneysiders know that trams are quiet and take a lot longer to stop than average vehicles; we remind motorists to never turn in front of a tram and do not queue at intersections,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Cyclists are reminded to not ride along the tracks and to cross at an angle, or dismount and walk across the tracks.

“For pedestrians; look out before you step out and use designated crossings, particularly in the pedestrian area.  Keep your head up from your mobile phone when walking near or crossing the tram corridor.”

The safety campaign will continue to be rolled out as tram day testing expands to Circular Quay in the coming weeks.