VIDEO: Tram driver training gets high-tech with new simulator

27 September 2019

Sophisticated simulation technology is helping tram drivers learn how to safely operate the new Citadis X05 trams, currently undergoing testing day and night along the CBD and South East Light Rail.

The tram driver cabin simulator is part of the comprehensive training program which includes 190 hours of driver training through classroom lessons, e-learning, simulator and driving on the network with a certified trainer.

“Much like training programs at Sydney Trains, the simulator gives drivers a chance to test drive the route, familiarise themselves with the alignment and practice dealing with a few obstacles along the way,” Sydney Light Rail project director Stephen Pascall said.

In September, Transdev Sydney transferred its operations to the Randwick Stabling Yard Operational Control Centre (OCC), where transport managers monitor the light rail network to make sure everything runs smoothly.

A total of 46 trams are currently housed at the Randwick Stabling Yard, with the remaining 14 vehicles to progressively arrive before the start of the Randwick to Circular Services in December.

“The OCC will be the operational nerve centre for the new light rail when services start in December. From here, Transdev will manage all the trams out on the new CBD and South East Light Rail route as well as the Inner West Light Rail line,” Mr Pascall said.

With tram testing ramping up along the CBD and South East Light Rail, it is important for all road users to stay alert and be aware of changing traffic conditions.

Launched in July 2019, the current “Heads Up. Play it Safe around Light Rail” safety campaign is running across social media, radio and digital and continues to educate road users about moving safely around the new trams as testing continues to expand.