Road users must be familiar with signs for tram tracks for on-street trams (such as the Luas in Dublin city and suburbs).
Regulatory signs for tram lanes
The blue signs below show that a tram lane is running beside a traffic lane ahead. A driver can only enter the tram lane to overtake another vehicle when it is safe to do so.
The red and white sign below shows that a pedestrian may not walk beyond the point where the sign is placed.
A "No Entry'"sign with the information plate "Except Trams - Ach amháin Tramanna" means that the street is only for trams and no other traffic is allowed enter it.
A "No Entry" sign with the information plate "Except Trams and Access - Ach amháin Tramanna agus Rochtain" means that a driver or cyclist may enter the street if they need to enter or leave a building.
Remember, when approaching junctions where there is a tram line:
- obey traffic lights, and
- keep yellow junction boxes completely clear.
Warning signs for tram lanes
Pedestrians should cross tram tracks only where they see the sign below. It displays a tram symbol and the words "Féach gach treo - LOOK BOTH WAYS" to indicate a tramway crossing point.
The alternative text that may be shown on this warning is "Féach ar dheis, LOOK RIGHT" or "Féach ar chlé, LOOK LEFT".
When in the vicinity of tramways, pedestrians are advised to:
- stop, look both ways, listen,
- walk, do not run,
- always use designated crossing points, and
- obey signs and listen for warning horns and tram chimes.
Cyclists need to take special care because tram tracks can be slippery, especially during wet or icy weather. The Luas warning sign for cyclists is shown below.
In particular, cyclists should avoid braking while on tram rails. They should always cross tram rails at a right angle or as close to it as possible.
They should take care to avoid getting their bicycle wheels caught in the groove of the tram rails.
Road users should be aware of the overhead wires used by trams. This is particularly important for drivers carrying loads and people carrying long items. All road users should be careful not to risk electrocution by touching overhead wires, even indirectly.
The LÁNA TRAM roadmarking sign may be used to draw attention to the presence of tram tracks. It is an information sign to tell you there is a section of road used by trams and vehicles. Drivers should exercise additional care.