Transport for New South Wales announced that Newcastle LRT will be opened on February 18, providing frequent transport services through the city centre.
Newcastle Light Rail, which has a length of 2.7 and is served by 6 stops, follows the old rail corridor for approximately one-third of the route before moving onto Hunter and Scott streets. It runs from Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the east end of Newcastle
The fleet is made up of six air-conditioned CAF Urbos 100 light rail vehicles, which have a low floor design for accessibility, and provide a smooth and comfortable transport experience.
The service is operated by Keolis Downer contracted to run integrated transport services for Newcastle. The estimated capacity is 1,200 people per hour.
Major Newcastle Light Rail construction started in September 2017.
In April 2017, the authorities announced that Newcastle will be the only city in Australia with a majority wire free light rail system, as the LRVs will be fitted with on board energy storage as part of the changes, to remove the overhead wires and preserve the city’s heritage.