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 customers are 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 the project is tracking
The Newcastle Light Rail started operating in February 2019.