Its not a new problem but Stagecoach Supertram, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and South Yorkshire Supertram have teamed up to launch a safety campaign urging locals not to take part in tram surfing across the Supertram network. There have been a number of high profile incidents in the area recently with witnesses having seen youths clinging to the ends of trams whilst they are in motion and before someone is seriously injured the new campaign has been started.
Posters and messages on social media are being used as part of the campaign with the main message being “It may be the last ride you ever take”. There were 15 recorded incidents of tram surfing between June and December 2014 but so far in 2015 there have already been 25 showing a worrying upward trend.
Stagecoach Supertram Head of Customer Services, Claire Ansley, said: “By launching this campaign we are trying to send a clear message to those involved that this activity is not safe and is totally unacceptable. If you decide to tram surf it’s not only your own life you’re putting at risk. It’s also the lives of other road users who may have to swerve to avoid you, should you fall. It’s irresponsible and selfish.”