Thu, 03/07/2014 - 12:01

Transport for Edinburgh has issued a statement following today's news coverage reporting that tram bells will be 'silenced' in certain areas of the city.

A spokesman for Transport for Edinburgh said:

There are no plans to stop use of the tram bell as it's a critical safety device on the road. Our policy hasn't changed since December last year when we started on-street testing. Drivers ring the bell when it's appropriate to sound it for very important safety reasons. This includes busy junctions, when pulling away from tram stops and when the driver thinks that a nearby pedestrian may not be aware of the presence of the tram.

The safety of pedestrians and our passengers is our number one priority and we train our drivers to use their judgement based on conditions around them.