Safely towards the Tramway era

Tampere has now moved to the Tramway Era! Tram is a completely new vehicle in Tampere’s traffic. Now it’s great time to review the traffic rules of the Tramway city!

On this page, you will find information about traffic safety in the Tramway city. You can also download traffic safety materials for your use.

Traffic rules of Tramway city

Smooth traffic means cooperation. Taking other people into consideration and observing rules leads to smooth traffic. The arrival of the Tramway is a good reason to improve cooperation; situational speed, using blinkers, and observing the rules at traffic lights and crosswalks are things that all of us have room for improvement.

The old traffic rules still apply, but the Tram will bring some new elements that people in Tampere didn’t need to consider earlier.

From July 2020 onward Tram will be a permanent part of Tampere traffic – there will be more wagons in autumn and next summer the city is served by a total of 19 trams.

Let’s stay alert in the traffic together! 

Tram traffic lights

The tram traffic light is a triangular signal with two red lights at the top and one yellow light at the bottom.

  • Tram traffic lights are used to direct other traffic in order to ensure free passage for the tram.
  • The tram traffic light provides the tram with right of way also in a traffic circle.

Operating principle of tram traffic lights:

  1. A signal that displays a rapidly flashing yellow light tells road users to be especially cautious.
  2. When a solid yellow light goes on for 3-5 seconds, cars should stop if this can be done safely. The tram is approaching!
  3. Two red lights begin flashing, which means that cars must never enter an intersection because that’s when the tram is coming.
  4. After the tram has passed, the tram traffic light will flash yellow for a few seconds and then the lights will go off and traffic can continue according to the normal rules.

The tram at an uncontrolled intersection

  • The tram has right of way at an uncontrolled intersection, so drivers should get used to also looking to the left when arriving at an intersection.

Crosswalk

  • The tram will yield to you at a crosswalk
  • Remember to always look both ways to make sure it’s safe to cross the track. The Tampere tram is a quiet mode of transport and it cannot stop suddenly.

Level crossing

  • A level crossing is a place where the track can be crossed, but you must always yield to the tram.
  • There is a crosswalk painted over the street but not over the tracks in these places. Check the markings so you know when you are entering a crosswalk!
  • In Hervanta, there are level crossings on Hermiankatu.

Roundabouts

  • At roundabouts, motorists are guided by tram traffic lights. They give priority for the tram at the roundabout.
  • Tram traffic light control is needed at roundabouts because the tramway has a right of way and it would be difficult for motorists to spot the tram coming from behind, for example.
  • In situations where the tram is not coming, motorists should behave in the same way as at any roundabout.

Mixed traffic lanes

  • Cars and the tram will be using the same lane in many parts of Tampere.
  • If there are parking places on the edge of the lane, be careful when you park to ensure that the tram can get by.

Public transport corridor

  • A public transport corridor is a place where buses, the tram and taxis can drive.
  • Driving for service purposes and driving into yards is only permitted when indicated by an additional panel.
  • Special attention should be focused on Insinöörinkatu: there is a public transport corridor between Orivedenkatu and Opiskelijankatu and at the site of the Duo Shopping Centre. Taxis are permitted to drive to this public transport corridor – other traffic not
  • Public transport corridors have transfer stop areas where passengers can transfer from a tram to bus and vice versa.
  • It’s a good idea to get used to driving into the shopping centre parking hall and parking lot via Hervannan valtaväylä.
  • Driving into yards is permitted on the public transport corridor section between Ahvenispolku and Teekkarinkatu, but driving through Insinöörinkatu to Lindforsinkatu is forbidden.

Tramway era begins from Hervanta

The test runs of Tampere Tramway begin from Hervanta. The test runs will be carried out on the section of track between the tram depot and Turtola tram stop.

Before the arrival of the first Tampere Tram car in May 2020, a test tram car used in Germany was delivered to Tampere. The test tram car was used for testing the tramway and associated systems. The test tram car was seen for the first time outside the depot during the test runs on March 18, 2020.

Test runs with the first of its species Tampere Tram will commence in the test run area during June-July 2020.

The first Tampere Tram of its kind

The first Tampere Tram arrived to Tampere in May 23, 2020. The Tram will be seen outside of the depot area from the beginning of July, when tests will be carried out in stages on the section of track between the depot area and Turtola.

In September, the test drives will expand into the section between Turtola and Itsenäisyydenkatu and towards the end of the year Tampere Tram will be seen at Pyynikintori.

You can try travelling by Tram in Tampere next spring and the Tramway traffic begins in Tampere officially on August 9, 2021.

What has been done so far and what is coming up next?

Tramway timeline