Work Access Permits


SLR Safe Work Guidelines

All light rail networks pose a safety risk. Sydney Light Rail (SLR) has an established set of guidelines that require risk assessments to be undertaken for any proposed works near the light rail corridor by third parties. The SLR principal risks are:

• Trams move quietly at speeds up to 70kph, and they cannot steer to avoid obstacles in their path.

• Emergency braking can cause injuries to passengers on board a tram.

• Trams can take two to three times the distance of normal road traffic to come to a complete stop, increasing their risk of collision with objects on the light rail corridor.

• The overhead lines that run over the light rail corridor to supply power to the trams:
        - carry electricity at a high voltage of 750 volts DC and can cause electrocution; and
        - are a mechanical structure that can collapse if damaged by adjacent works.

To work on or near the Sydney Light Rail (SLR), Transdev Sydney requires the SLR Safe Work Guidelines to be followed. This includes applying for and receiving a valid Transdev Work Access Permit.

                                                   Failure to obtain authority is an offence.

If after reading this information there is any doubt as to whether permission for the proposed works is required, please contact Transdev for guidance.


Steps to follow to apply for and receive a permit

From 11 November 2019, the following steps must be undertaken to apply for and receive a permit to work on or near the SLR (L1 Dulwich Hill Line).

1) Read and understand the Tramway Safety Awareness guidelines [coming soon], which capture safety procedures that should be followed when carrying out any works near the SLR.

2) Complete the online Light Rail General Safety Induction (LRGSI) to receive a contractor identification card. Email to request more information, including the link to access the LRGSI online.

3) Complete the Work Request Form online. Applicants will need to login first to complete this form; login details will be sent after the safety induction (LRGSI) is completed.

Please submit the form by midday on the Monday at least two weeks prior to the date works will commence. Note supporting documents along with form may be submitted, including:

Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS): a brief but detailed description of the work to be undertaken, the risks and controls in place to mitigate these risks. Please include details of compliance with Australian Workplace Health and Safety standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and provide a list of machinery, tools and vehicles to be used.

Location map: marked-up photos and/or a marked-up drawing/map that defines the work area and the approximate minimum distance to the nearest SLR track.

Risk Assessment: a brief statement of how the Tramway Safety Awareness Guidelines will be followed and how the risks listed below will be mitigated (as applicable):

        - Tram movements/operations: works must not impact tram operations. Work site personnel must acknowledge all passing trams – see the Tramway Safety Awareness guidelines for more information.

     - Overhead power lines, third rail APS (750v) and associated support systems: no tools, machines, vehicles or platforms are to come within 3m of the overhead power lines or its support system, unless otherwise agreed and documented.

       - Pedestrians Management Plan and Traffic Management Plan: a plan designed to prevent the risk of diverting workers, pedestrians or traffic into the light rail corridor as a result of the works.

• Transdev Sydney Environmental Assessment checklist: a short form that ensures environmental impacts are considered and risks are mitigated prior to beginning works.

4) Allow two (2) weeks for the application to be reviewed by Transdev Sydney, which may seek further information in relation to the application. Once the required information is received and permission for the works is approved, a Work Access Permit will be issued. See the SLR Safe Work Guidelines [hyperlink] for more information.

5) Ensure a Person in Charge of Works (PICOW) is appointed if directed to do so as part of the Work Access Permit. Information about this is included in the Work Access Permit.


When do I need a Work Access Permit? 

Work Permits

As shown in the diagram above, a Transdev Work Access Permit is required if any of the planned works to take place:

• are required to any part of SLR that is not on a public road.

• are within 3 metres of the overhead power supply lines and their supporting poles wires and fixings.

• are within the Danger Zone, where there is a direct risk of collision with a moving tram. The Danger Zone is clearly marked on public road sections of track by the edge of a footpath, yellow lines, kerbs or white lines. On “off-street” sections of track, the boundaries of the Danger Zone are located (but not marked) 1.25 metres from the nearest running outside rail.

Examples of work that will require a Work Access Permit include, but are not limited to:

• the erection of hoarding or scaffolding adjacent to the light rail corridor
• the use of cranes or other equipment at any distance over the light rail corridor
• excavation within 1.25 metres of the Danger Zone on a public road.
• the installation of any permanent structure or equipment within 1.25 metres of the Danger Zone
• the placing of plant, material or spoil within 3 metres of the Danger Zone
• tunnelling / micro-tunnelling / thrust boring / pipe jacking beneath the track and within 1.25 metres of the Danger Zone
• any works causing vibrations that may affect the light rail corridor
• any works on a bridge that is located within 1.5 m of the light rail corridor.

If in any doubt as to whether permission is required, please contact Transdev for guidance.
For more information, refer to the Safe Work Guidelines.


More information

The following documents provide more information about working on or near SLR:

«Working around Light Rail» [Coming soon]: a booklet that explains why an application for a Work Access Permit is required prior to commencing works on or near SLR.

SLR Safe Work Guidelines: descriptions of the type of works that require a Work Access Permit, and more information about the steps to receive permission to work on or near SLR.

Tramway Safety Awareness guidelines: [Coming soon] guidelines for working safely on or near SLR after the Work Access Permit is approved.

Environmental Policy: Transdev Sydney’s environmental policy.

Access Rules and Guidelines: describes Transdev’s policies and processes related to work access permits.

Drug and Alcohol Policy: Transdev Sydney’s policy on working in a drug- and alcohol- free work environment.