Tram 03 at Black Lake
Tram 03 is slowing to a stand, checked by a signal on the far side of Swan Lane level crossing, West Bromwich, at 16:01 on Monday 16th March 2009. The traffic lights will be on green for road traffic, but the lack of any overlap beyond the tram signals means that trams draw up to within a few yards of the road. Trams can't be seen by car drivers until their cars are almost on the crossing, and it's rather disconcerting to glimpse a tram so close to the roadway at the last second - even though the traffic lights are at green. You'd think that trams would always have priority here, but it isn't so. Southbound trams often come to a complete stop, waiting for a proceed signal.