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 stay safe around light rail


  1. Ride straight over the tracks, if you can't cross straight over, 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. Before crossing the road look left and right, check twice for trams
  2. Always use designated crossings around light rail
  3. Ditch the distractions, such as mobile phones and stay alert to your surroundings
  4. Step over the tracks as they can be slippery, especially when wet
  5. 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. Never 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.


Tips for driving around light rail



Disobey No Entry sign – Road Rule 100

  • $268 fine and 2 demerits (motor vehicle)
  • $114 fine (bicycle)

Drive in Tramway – Road Rule 155A

  • $268 fine and 2 demerits (motor vehicle)
  • $268 fine (bicycle rider)

Stop in Tramway – Road Rule 187 (3)

  • $268 fine (motor vehicle and bicycle rider)

Stop at or near a tram stop – Road Rule 196

  • $191 fine (motor vehicle and bicycle rider)

Enter blocked intersection – Road Rule 128

  • $268 fine (motor vehicle and bicycle rider)

Not stop at a stop line at a red light / proceed through red traffic light – Road Rule 56

  • $457 fine and 3 demerit points, $572 fine and 4 demerit points in school zone (motor vehicle)
  • $457 fine (bicycle)



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.

Trams are now undergoing testing day and night across the entire alignment, between Circular Quay and Randwick, and on the Kensington and Kingsford section.

Tram testing is initially carried out at low speeds, gradually increasing speeds as they are tested under a number of conditions, including load testing. Drivers are also undergoing training ahead of passenger services starting.

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 have been 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