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28 Feb 2019
Testing expanding for new-look trams

Night time testing has expanded to Randwick, so residents and visitors to the area will see vehicles testing through week nights from after 9pm.

A range of traffic changes will be implemented during this time; take a look at the Sydney Light Rail interactive map for more details.

It’s also an important time for Sydneysiders to start adjusting to how they need to safely interact with trams. Transport for NSW is implementing a safety campaign to educate road users - paying particular attention to the fact that vehicles are quiet, can travel at high speeds and take longer to stop than vehicles.

The ‘be aware, there’s a tram there’ safety campaign is now live in the south east and will be expanded when testing ramps up in other areas along the alignment in coming months, targeting busy pedestrian precincts such as George Street in the CBD.

Over the coming months as the testing program progresses, Transport for NSW will be sharing further information around sharing the network with trams.

The light rail vehicles have also been given a fresh new look and are now sporting valuable information to clearly signify a tram in testing.

Keep an eye on the Sydney Light Rail safety page for information and updates on safety advice during tram testing.

Night time tram testing has been underway in the south east since February 2018.

Vehicle testing is initially carried out at low speeds and at night, gradually increasing speeds as the vehicles are tested under a number of conditions, including load testing. Testing will then progress to day time testing before driver training and the full-line is tested prior to operations.