Light rail

Light rail is here

 

Light rail vehicles (LRVs) are now operating between Gungahlin and the city. It is important to ensure you know how to stay safe when walking, cycling or driving near the light rail corridor.

Road rules stay the same. If everyone follows the rules, we all stay safe. Always obey traffic lights and road signs around LRVs.

T-Lights

LRVs are just another mode of transport on our roads. They have their own traffic lights called T-Lights which will be incorporated at intersections along the light rail route. T-Lights are only for LRVs. The road rules for other vehicles have not changed.

Safety for passengers

  • Stand behind the yellow or white line on the platform at all times.
  • When getting off a LRV and crossing the tracks, do so only on a green man, as a LRV that is coming in the opposite direction may be hidden.
  • If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, please use the Emergency Help Point on platforms and on board LRVs to contact staff.
  • While travelling on board a train make sure you’re holding onto something and exercising courtesy towards others.

Safety for pedestrians

  • Only cross the tracks at designated crossings.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the tracks.
  • Pay attention and stay alert around LRVs.
  • Headphones, reading, texting or taking photos or selfies can put you at risk.
  • Take care with pram wheels or wheelchairs when crossing the tracks.

Safety for cyclists

  • Always keep a safe distance from LRVs.
  • Ride directly over the tracks at a right angle to avoid your wheels getting stuck.
  • Do not ride along the rail track.
  • Always cross the tracks at designated crossings and intersections.
  • Do not cross in front of a moving LRV and where possible, avoid breaking on the tracks.

Safety for drivers

  • It is prohibited to drive along the tracks at any time.
  • Do not queue across the tracks at any time.
  • Do not drive across the tracks unless the path ahead is clear.
  • Truck drivers should ensure their vehicle load does not come close to the overhead wire when crossing at intersections.

Safety for children

It is also important to talk to your children about safety around LRVs. Visit the Constable Kenny website for tips on how to Stay OK on the road.

Helpful advice

  • Some new signs will be installed to remind you about safety.
  • LRVs take longer to stop than cars and cannot swerve to avoid contact.
  • LRVs are wider than the tracks, stay well clear as they approach and give them room.
  • The tracks are smooth and can be slippery when wet.
  • The overhead wire is LIVE, keep away.

What offences should people be aware of regarding the light rail?

Offences include:

  • Driving into the path of an approaching light rail vehicle
  • Not moving out of the path of an approaching light rail vehicle
  • Not giving way to a light rail vehicle
  • Crossing the light rail tracks outside designated pedestrian crossings.
  • Undertaking commercial activities – window washing, soliciting donations near the light rail corridor (this applies at certain intersections).

Who to call

If an incident occurs involving a LRV call:

  • 000 in a life threatening emergency.
  • 131 444 for police assistance.

For more information on LRVs visit the Canberra Metro website