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Most modern trams are constructed with part
of the floor at a low level. This means that only a small increase
in kerbstone height is sufficient to give level access from a
With a steerable vehicle, this would pose a danger, as a gap would have be left between the vehicle and kerb to avoid scraping the doorstep. With a tram, the rails will always guide the vehicle accurately into place, ensuring the gap is minimal.
This gives level, safe, easy access for wheelchair users, children, elderly people or anyone else with impaired mobility or awkward luggage to transport.
Pictures of low floor trams(Caution 300k file)
Link to Disabilities Discrimination Act
Picture of tram interior showing luggage space
Picture of suburban tram-stop
in Sheffield [65kb]
For further details on tram construction see
the technical section.
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