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light rail vehicles at Queens Wharf

Newcastle Light Rail

Published 5th July, 2019

Newcastle Light Rail is a high capacity, frequent and reliable service through the city centre, connecting key activity precincts and opening up great urban renewal opportunities.

Australia’s first completely wire-free light rail system is part of the $650 million program to revitalise Newcastle’s city centre. It can transport up to 1200 customers each hour between six stops – Newcastle Interchange, Honeysuckle (near Hunter Street TAFE), Civic, Crown Street, Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach.

Customers can access the light rail daily between 5am to 1am daily using their Opal card. Each vehicle has 60 seats, standing room for 216 people, with hand straps and handrails available for passenger safety.

The light rail provides accessibility for customers, including 16 priority seats for less mobile passengers, low-floor design, level boarding and two onboard wheelchair spaces.

What are customers saying?

Locals and visitors are experiencing the benefits of frequent and reliable travel options throughout the Newcastle City centre.

Over 388,000 customer trips have been taken on the light rail as of June 2019.

How is the project tracking?

The Newcastle Light Rail started operating in February 2019.

Published 5th July, 2019
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