Newcastle Light Rail

Location Newcastle, NSW
Client Transport for NSW
Project Phase Concept to Construction
Project Duration 2015 - 2019

CONTEXT in conjunction with COX was involved from the concept phase through to detailed design and delivery, with the project scope extended to incorporate a broader streetscape improvement vision conceptualised by UrbanGrowth NSW.

The Newcastle Light Rail (NLR) extends through central Newcastle from Stewart Avenue in the west to Scott and Telford Street in the east.  The heavy rail was truncated at Newcastle Interchange, allowing passengers to transfer to the light rail for city access.

The removal of heavy rail between Wickham and Newcastle stations has provided a significant opportunity for urban renewal within the Newcastle city centre. Central to this urban renewal is the Newcastle Light Rail project – a corridor that extends from the proposed Wickham Transport Interchange to Pacific Park through the use of segregated, separated and shared-use corridors. The system also includes a dedicated light rail depot facility and extension streetscape upgrades within other areas of the city.

Newcastle Light Rail proved the testing ground for innovative wire-free technology and was the first in Australia to deliver this technology to the public domain. By removing the overhead wires, the project team was able to plant more street trees, increasing amenity and improving the overall streetscape. The increased comfort for pedestrians brings life to streets, which has flow-on benefits to retail trade, public safety and contributes to a sense of place.

The Newcastle Light Rail project has established a framework for the ongoing urban renewal of Newcastle's city centre and waterfront. Through its continued precinct activation and the generation of social, cultural and economic activity in the CBD, Newcastle Light Rail fulfils the vision of the Urban Transformation and Transport Program and creates a bright future for the city of Newcastle.


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