Safety

Heads up Safety

Passenger services are now running on the L2 Randwick Line and the L3 Kingsford Line of the CBD and South East Light Rail.

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

Cyclist

  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

 Pedestrian

  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

Driver

  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)

Truck

  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.

 

 

 

INFORMATION ON LIGHT RAIL PENALTIES

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)

 

WORKING ON OR NEAR THE TRAM CORRIDOR

Along the tram corridor 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 require a permit to work along the L2 line (between Circular Quay and Randwick) or L3 line (from Kingsford via Kensington to Circular Quay), you can access permits on the Transdev website.