Tram Crossing Ahead Sign
What is the tram crossing ahead sign?
The tram crossing ahead is a warning sign. It has a red border, white background and a picture of a tram. The sign can be used with a plate displaying the distance in yards to the tram crossing or combined with a left or right arrow if the crossing is located in either direction.
What type of sign is the tram crossing ahead sign?
It’s a warning sign alerting you to the presence of trams crossing ahead. Be prepared to stop if the sign is paired with a level crossing give way sign or road traffic light signals. Proceed with caution when you spot this sign and never rush to beat a tram or train as you could endanger yourself and other road users.
Types of signs
Tram crossings differ based on location, landscape and local requirements. As a result, the tram crossing ahead sign is often combined with a range of plates o create more descriptive signage.
Tram crossing ahead sign with stop when lights show plate
This sign warns of a level crossing controlled by traffic lights up ahead. The sign gives advanced warning of the traffic lights, so be prepared to stop iif you come across this plate. The sign can be used at level crossings with and without a barrier.
Tram crossing ahead with give way sign
If the crossing doesn’t have a barrier, gate, or traffic lights, you will need to give way if you’re at the crossing and a tram approaches.
It’s easy for learner drivers to get caught out around tramcar crossings, and if you’re unable to spot a hazard on your driving test, you could pick up a serious fault. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.
- Look out for pedestrian crossings near tramcar crossings, especially when the platform is in the middle of the road. Pedestrians leaving the tram will use the crossing to get to the other side of the road so keep a look out on your driving lessons and test.
- If the tram crossing intersects with a junction, the tram path will be treated as the major road, and the road with vehicles will become the minor road. You will always need to give way to the tram at this type of crossing so keep your eyes peeled for any relevant tram signs.
- Look out for cyclists around the crossing, as some cycle routes may be forced to end to accommodate the passing trams.