#794 Light Rail
Light Rail proves to be valuable addition to Newcastle CBD
The development of the light rail system has been an unprecedented and valuable addition to the city of Newcastle. Running through Newcastle Interchange and the central business district, the tram system runs seven days a week and has become an essential part of daily life for many Novocastrians.
It not only offers a new way for visitors to explore the city by connecting key city landmarks, but opens up an accessible, frequent and reliable travel option for locals. The light rail has eased the pressure of parking in the busiest sectors of Newcastle, making the city more accessible for locals and travellers alike.
As of 2021, the Light Rail transports up to 1200 customers every hour between six stops: Newcastle Interchange, Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown Street, Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach. While these stops certainly encompass a large portion of Newcastle’s activity sector, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has dreams to expand the light rail system to the entire city, "to the John Hunter Hospital, to the Glendale Interchange, Hunter Stadium and through to Mayfield and to the university and out to the airport."
Thanks to the Newcastle Light Rail, the city’s greenhouse emissions have lowered, traffic congestion has decreased and workers, students and visitors have gained greater access to the city. The light rail has been a very practical step in making Newcastle a more convenient, pleasant and inviting place to work, live and visit.