Newcastle is a city in Australia which sits some 160km north of Sydney. The population of it is about 322.000 people living within the city border limits and its about time that this Australian town did something!

New Light Rail Tram service with 6 stations Opened in Newcastle, Australia

With 6 totally new stations. This Light Rail Tram service began to bring passengers on 17th of February with Regular service started on 18th of February 2019 between Newcastle Interchange through the city centre to Pacific Park end station named Newcastle Beach.

This is a very nice addon for one of Australias hidden cities. Mostly because the name is similar to another Newcastle town which sits on the other side of the world in United Kingdom, Europe.

No overhead power chosen for Newcastle Light Rail

In the vide above you can see that this light rail tram service got no overhead power. This is a system that the public transport company in Newcastle choose because of better city looks.

So this light rail tram service is operated with CAF Urbos trams. They are without overhead wires and battery-charging at stops makes the trams get all the power that they need.

Here are some of the Key features for this new Light Rail line

  • 2.7 kilometres in length, running from Newcastle Interchange at Wickham to Newcastle Beach
  • Light rail follows the old rail corridor for approximately one-third of the route before moving onto Hunter and Scott streets
  • Stops are located at Newcastle Interchange, Honeysuckle (near Hunter Street TAFE), Civic, Crown Street, Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach
  • High frequency turn-up-and-go services during peak times
  • Capacity to transport 1,200 people per hour
  • A new fleet of six light rail vehicles with air conditioning and an accessible low-floor design

The only negative thing that we can see is that the tram tracks outside of road area should have a gras solution. Its a bit too much concrete everywhere. Too build gras instead of concrete where the trams is running for itself is a much better solution we think.

Other than this, Newcastle done something correct. But Newcastle needs to extend this Light Rail projects to all parts of the city. Not just in the city center area. More people in Newcastle should have accesss to such service. We hope that the town council will decide this. Trams is the most environment friendly way to travel.

It is great to see that Australia is giving its cities much more air to breath. Well done Newcastle and now we are waiting for more!…

Pricing fare Information for Newcastle

The fare in Newcastle, Australia is $2.20 with an Adult Opal card and $1.10 with a Child/Youth, Concession or Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card.

With the Opal Transfer Discount, transferring to light rail within 60 minutes of tapping off the train, bus or ferry will cost just 20 cents for adults or 10 cents for children, concession card holders and seniors or pensioners.

Children aged three years and under travel free on public transport.

Happy riding with Australias newest Light Rail line!

 

Source: Revitalising Newcastle