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Wire Free Operation for Newcastle Light Rail

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the removal of overhead wires from the Newcastle light rail plan as part of a suite of upgrades that will include more public open space.

Newcastle Light Rail
Newcastle Light Rail Market Street artist impression © Transport for NSW

Mr Constance said:

“This is a game changer for the urban amenity and sustainability of Newcastle light rail, which has been the impetus for the complete revitalisation of the city”

Newcastle Light Rail Goes Wireless

Mr Constance revealed Newcastle light rail vehicles will be fitted with on board energy storage as part of the changes, to remove the “spider-web” of overhead wires and preserve the city’s heritage.

Mr Constance added:

“Implementing world class light rail technology aligns with our plans for Newcastle to become a major university town and a city known for cutting-edge research and innovation.

“Removing the overhead wires will preserve the aesthetics of Newcastle’s heritage architecture and its unique character as light rail breathes new life into the city centre.”

Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts said the suite of urban amenity upgrades will allow more open space for outdoor dining, street trees and will connect light rail customers with new activity precincts including Darby Plaza and Civic Link.

“We’re improving the experience of being in and moving around this great city,” Mr Roberts said.

Mr Constance and Mr Roberts thanked the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, who has advocated for the changes on behalf of the people of Newcastle.

Original article © Transport for NSW.

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