Rail Safety Week15/08/2016
Our trams are equivalent in weight to 40 rhinos, which means they are over 60 tonnes (when empty). At that weight, trams can take up to 42.5 meters to stop when travelling at 60km per hour. That’s more than 9 car lengths to come to a complete stop.
Emergency brakes are used to stop the tram suddenly and to avoid hazards on the track in front of them. To date, 65% of the emergency brakes employed on the system, have been as a result of a motorist or pedestrian crossing the tracks without having checked to see if a tram was coming.