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Trams crossing ahead Road safety sign - 3mm Aluminium sign fitted with 2 strips Channel to rear for mounting on post 300mm x 300mm

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Controlled Crossings. Most crossings have traffic light signals with a steady amber light, twin flashing red stop lights (see ‘Light signals controlling traffic’ and ‘Traffic signs’) and an audible alarm for pedestrians. They may have full, half or no barriers. The most common mistakes due to misinterpreting road signs were found to be breaking the speed limit ( 16%), braking suddenly ( 15%) and having to slow down, causing traffic to build up ( 9%). A– Cyclists must dismount, B– Cycles are not allowed, C– Cycle route ahead, D– Cycle in single file Question 9 Perhaps recognising the gaps in their knowlegde, 68% said that the driving theory test and hazard perception tests should be re-taken every 15 years. A level crossing is where a road crosses a railway or tramway line. Approach and cross it with care. Never drive onto a crossing until the road is clear on the other side and do not get too close to the car in front. Never stop or park on, or near, a crossing. Rule 292

The tram only sign is combined with a white rectangular information sign. This sign means the route ahead is tram only, while the junction to the right is for normal traffic heading towards the city centre. If you’re driving and see this sign, you’ll need to turn right as the road ahead is just for trams. Tram only road markings Trams themselves have been around for a very long time, but they were not as developed as they are today. Is this sign dangerous? You MUST wait if a train goes by and the red lights continue to flash. This means another train will be passing soon. Non-permitted variants have also been made, such as "LIFEBOAT STATION" and "TAY ROAD BRIDGE", which come without any additional warning triangle.Open crossings. These have no gates, barriers, attendant or traffic lights but will have a ‘Give Way’ sign. You should look both ways, listen and make sure there is no train coming before you cross. Rule 299 Contraflow systems. These mean that you may be travelling in a narrower lane than normal and with no permanent barrier between you and oncoming traffic. At the start and finish of contraflows, you should slow down and increase the distance to the vehicle in front because changes in the camber of the road may affect vehicle stability. The sign can also be used with the tunnel warning triangle, but now wig-wags at tunnels are being gradually replaced with traffic lights so the sign combination is defunct.

Crossings without traffic lights. Vehicles should stop and wait at the barrier or gate when it begins to close and not cross until the barrier or gate opens. Rule 296 The direction of the tram line can be indicated by a sign depicting either one, or two trams, and an arrow indicating the direction of the tram. Blue rectangular sign with an image of a tram and instructions to look both ways. This sign is aimed at pedestrians and is often found near the tramway path. Give way to the tram sign To pass your theory test, you’ll need a good understanding of all signs and road markings that pertain to trams. Tram only sign Watch out for vehicles entering or leaving the works area. Where vehicles are travelling in the road and are displaying amber warning lights, leave extra space and expect them to slow or turn into a works area.Railway telephones. If you are driving a large or slow- moving vehicle, a long, low vehicle with a risk of grounding, or herding animals, a train could arrive before you are clear of the crossing. You MUST obey any sign instructing you to use the railway telephone to obtain permission to cross. You MUST also telephone when clear of the crossing if requested to do so. Narrow lanes. Lanes may be narrower than normal and will be marked by studs or temporary road markings. Keep a safe distance (see Rule 126) from the vehicle in front and make sure you can clearly see the edges of the lane ahead.

The sign was introduced in 1964 and composed of the text "STOP when lights show", accompanied by the warning triangle of a gated level crossing ahead. This was used on the first manually operated level crossings. Wig-wags at this point only consisted of two horizontally mounted red lights, but was not shown on this sign. However, automatic half barrier crossings had a variant which had two red circles above the text depicting the lights. On this variant the text was slightly different, reading "STOP when lights flash", and was accompanied by the now defunct warning triangle depicting an automatic half barrier crossing ahead. No. This sign is not dangerous but you have to be careful while crossing the rails on your tram-only level crossing because of the tram may be approaching at a decently high speed. It's not good to trample the rails on your way across. Why is so important? If you live in a rural town or village, or even a small or medium-sized city, you likely don't have a tram service running, therefore you won't see this sign unless you travel. Where are you likely to see the "Tram Crossing Ahead" sign? You might also see a level crossing warning sign when you approach a tramway crossing with a barrier, so keep an eye out for this sign. Traffic in right hand lane of slip road joining the main carriageway has priority over left hand laneA– Through traffic to use left lane, B– Right hand lane T-junction only, C– Lane ahead closed, D– 11 tonne weight limit Question 7

You MUST NOT enter a road, lane or other route reserved for trams. Take extra care where trams run along the road. You should avoid driving directly on top of the rails and should take care where trams leave the main carriageway to enter the reserved route, to ensure you do not follow them. The width taken up by trams is often shown by tram lanes marked by white lines, yellow dots or by a different type of road surface. Diamond-shaped signs and white light signals give instructions to tram drivers only. In certain circumstances text may be added above the wig-wag diagram to describe the situation ahead (diagram 563.1). These variants always are accompanied by the warning triangle of danger ahead, and can read: A– Level crossing with barrier or gate ahead, B– Gated road ahead, C– Level crossing without gate or barrier, D– Cattle grid ahead Question 8Overhead electric lines. It is dangerous to touch overhead electric lines. You MUST obey the safe height warning road signs and you should not continue forward onto the railway if your vehicle touches any height barrier or bells. The clearance available is usually 5 metres (16 feet 6 inches) but may be lower. Tram operators need to ensure that the warning signs are maintained and clean, as well as to ensure that the lights are working properly.

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