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Tram Signs: Diamond Shaped Signage

Diamond shaped traffic signs give instructions to tram drivers. In fact, the exact meaning of tram signs, and for tramway signage, is an important part of the UK Highway Code. Learning the Highway Code road signs and their meanings is the law for road users. The information in this guide focuses on tram signage and who should obey diamond-shaped traffic signs.

TRAM ROAD SIGNS: How would you identify a section of road used by trams? As a rule, all tram road markings are a diamond shaped road sign.

Diamond Shaped Road Signs

Tramcar drivers and road users get highway instructions from tram signs.

Thus, all drivers and riders should obey diamond-shaped traffic signs (which often have white light signals).

Motorists need to be clear how these less common diamond shaped signs give instructions to who, and why.

You will then understand the special circumstances for the tram signs Highway Code. That will help you develop good anticipation of the movement of trams on the lines.

Tram Road Signs and Tramway Signals

Always prepare to give way at diamond shaped traffic signs and tram road signs and markings. The slow moving electric streetcar may have the right to move through tram area markings – when you do not!

You should never try to race past trams, overtake them, or pass them on the inside. But, it may be appropriate to move passed them while they are stationary at tram stops.

There will often be a designated tram lane for you to pass through once they have stopped by the tram sign and signals.

Tram Signs: What You Need to Know

  • All diamond shaped road signs are for tramcar drivers only (for instructional purposes).
  • As a rule, the route for trams only sign (and buses) are blue road signs. This tram signage has a blue background with the upper sign displaying the tram symbol.
  • A rectangular tramway sign with a blue background displaying the term ‘look both ways’ reminds pedestrians to look out for trams approaching from both directions.
  • The give way to trams sign means drivers of other vehicles must give way to trams at level crossings without barriers, gates, or road traffic light tram signals. Often only a ‘give way’ sign and a tram plate will be used.
  • Tram speed signs and maximum speed limit signs of the Highway Code for tramcar drivers will be shown in kilometers per hour.
  • You will recognise the trams must stop sign as a gray circle with a horizontal white line running through the center.
  • Tram traffic lights often have signals mounted to the right. This signal gives instructions to tram drivers. The directions may or may not be the same as those given to other motorists.


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Tram Road Signs Highway Code in United Kingdom