The Tram network operates on street and on sections of segregated railway. On-street sections are given absolute priority at all signals. The network is fully accessible, with each stop having step-free access for passengers with mobility difficulties and tactile strips along the platform length to assist blind and partially sighted passengers.
Given the importance of maintaining a safe, reliable and efficient service on the network, all applications which may have an impact on Trams will be assessed on a case by case basis. TfL will ensure that all proposals safeguard the performance of the network, the on-street guide-way corridor, and protect its infrastructure.
Details of Tram service levels and patterns at stations in the vicinity of a particular development site should be correctly represented in the transport assessment (TA). Service patterns and frequencies can be found on the .
The TA should demonstrate the number and likely pattern of additional trips generated by a development proposal on Tram services. To assist in this, current passenger counts and sample origin-destination matrices are available from TfL.
TfL planners will use trip generation information in the TA to assess the impact of development, taking the cumulative impact of development into consideration. Appropriate mitigation will be determined on a case-by-case basis. This could relate to improvements to the infrastructure in or around stations, signage, or service upgrades. Forecast road traffic impacts and any street alterations along the Tram corridor will also be considered to measure the impact upon performance and operation.
The Tram network should be accommodated through construction, and appropriate restrictions may be imposed to safeguard Tram's assets and infrastructure. Such restrictions will usually be secured by planning condition, although should be acknowledged in the TA. No waiting is allowed along the Tram corridor due to the frequency of service, so all deliveries and servicing must be conducted off the route. A construction logistics plan will usually be required to document the measures to be taken to avoid any strikes to the overhead lines. Note that overhead power is energised at all times.