Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today joined some lucky Novocastrians on an historic journey along the completed Newcastle Light Rail line.
Ms Berejiklian said the gamechanging light rail line is a turning point in the city’s revitalisation and it is only possible because of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong economic management.
“Newcastle Light Rail has been delivered on time and on budget and I am thrilled regular commuter services will start on Monday,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to delivering for Newcastle and has invested more than $650 million into the city.
“Thanks to this investment the CBD has now been opened up to the waterfront, there is a record number of cranes in the sky and light rail down Hunter Street.”
Mr Constance said the NSW Government’s investment in Newcastle has created an environment which will help the city to thrive into the future.
“Newcastle Light Rail was built in 12 months and after four months of testing and commissioning it is now taking its first passengers,” Mr Constance said.
“This project has revitalised Newcastle and encouraged more people to look to live and work in the city centre.”
Liberal candidate for Newcastle Blake Keating said Newcastle Light Rail is a world-class transport system that will help Newcastle reach its potential.
“I encourage the Greater Newcastle community to come along to the Newcastle Light Rail open day this Sunday to take a free ride and celebrate the completion of this great project,” Mr Keating said.