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Living with light rail

It is important to follow the Queensland road rules around the light rail system.

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Living with light rail

Light rail tram close up

With trams a common sight on the Gold Coast, the following information will help guide you to safely share our roads with trams as a driver, pedestrian or cyclist.

A strong message is all road users including pedestrians and cyclists should follow the road rules, obey all signs and signals.

While the light rail system has not resulted in any new road rules, there are some existing Queensland road rules and signs about trams that the public may not be familiar with.

Driving near trams

It is important to follow the Queensland road rules around the light rail system. This includes:

  • Motor vehicles do not park or travel along the tracks (except when directed by traffic signs).
  • Motor vehicles should only drive over the tracks at intersections and when directed by traffic signs.
  • Do not queue across the tracks at any time.
  • U-turns are only legal where there is a sign indicating U-turns are permitted.

Cycling near trams

When cycling near the light rail you must follow the Queensland road rules, keeping in mind the following:

  • Stay alert and don’t get distracted.
  • Look both ways and cross at designated points.
  • Always cross the tracks at a right angle.
  • Tracks are for trams – never ride along the tracks.
  • Prepare to cross the tracks well in advance.
  • Remember to use correct hand signals.
  • There will be facilities close to each station to secure bikes (as only folded bikes in storage bags can be taken on the tram).
  • Only cross at designated pedestrian crossings to reach stations.

Pedestrian safety

Trams are designed to be quiet and may not always be heard above background noise, so it’s important to follow the Queensland road rules, keeping in mind the following:

  • Stay alert and don’t be distracted by mobile phones or headphone use.
  • Always cross at designated crossings and look both ways before crossing the road and light rail tracks.
  • Listen out for the ‘ding ding’ - tram drivers will sound the bell if they see pedestrians putting themselves in danger in the track area.

For more information regarding the Queensland road rules please refer to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. You can also view a light rail safety video on GoldLinQ's YouTube Channel which details how to stay safe around trams.

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