Heads up Safety

Tram testing and commissioning of systems is underway across the CBD and South East Light Rail route.  

With cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and trams interacting together, it’s important we all play our part to stay safe around light rail.

Whether you’re walking or riding your bike, avoid distractions and cross the tram tracks safely. Drivers should be aware that road conditions have changed and to follow traffic signals.

Here’s some tips on how to drive safely around light rail...from an unlikely source!


  1. Cross the tracks at an angle, if you can't cross at an angle, it’s always safer to dismount
  2. Do not ride along the tracks
  3. Use the shared pathways where possible
  4. Tracks can be slippery when wet


  1. Look out before you step out, and use designated crossings
  2. Avoid distractions, such as mobile phones and stay alert to your surroundings
  3. Step over the tracks as they can be slippery, especially when wet
  4. For prams and wheelchairs, cross tracks on an angle to avoid wheels getting stuck in the tracks


  1. Vehicles are not permitted to drive along the tram tracks
  2. Don’t queue across intersections
  3. Be aware that road conditions have changed
  4. Follow traffic signals and never turn in front of a tram
  5. Don't stop or park within the tram lane (even when you can't see a tram)


  1. Look for overhead wire height restrictions, a general height restriction of 4.6 metre is in place, excluding Eddy Avenue in the CBD which is lower.
  2. Don’t queue across intersections.
  3. Be aware that road conditions have changed.
  4. Follow traffic signals and never turn in front of a tram.


Watch the NRL league legends get a heads up on how to play it safe around light rail.



Testing and commissioning is being carried out across the alignment, and our drivers are undergoing training to ensure they are ready for passenger services.

Before we can operate passenger services, we need to ensure that the system is fully functional and safe for the public. This takes several months of comprehensive testing prior to the operation of the first tram service.

Tram night testing is now underway in Randwick, Moore Park and Surry Hills. As new areas are energised, systems and tram testing will expand into the CBD, and Kensington and Kingsford.

Tram testing will initially be carried out at low speeds and at night, gradually increasing speeds as they are tested under a number of conditions, including load testing. Tram testing will take place during the night and has progressed to day in some areas, such as Randwick . Drivers will then commence training before the full-line testing prior to the start of passenger services occurring .

The testing and commissioning process takes place in three stages.

  • Stage 1: Installation of overhead wires
  • Stage 2: Energisation of overhead wires
  • Stage 3: Systems and tram testing

Find out more about the three stages of Testing and Commissioning



During tram and systems testing and commissioning of light rail, hazard zones are established to help identify areas of increased risk including electrical hazards and tram movements.

All works in a hazard zone require approval and an approved Permit to Work before proceeding. The following are examples of the types of activities that may require a Permit to Work when in or near a hazard zone:

  • Erecting ladders or scaffolding
  • Establishing work stations
  • Tree pruning
  • Operating excavators, cranes or any other plant equipment
  • Operating forklifts or any other heavy machinery
  • Delivering equipment/goods from large or oversize vehicles

Any other work activity that has the potential to take place within the hazard zone or are within 3 metres of poles and wires will also require a Permit to Work, and have a Person in Charge assigned to them.

If you have any questions or require a Permit to Work, please contact the project team. Find out more about Hazard Zones and Permit to Work via email at