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Know the rules

New signs, traffic lights, and road markings are in place along Hunter and Scott streets.

When driving, walking and riding around light rail, it is important to obey all traffic and pedestrian signals and signage, and to always be aware of your surroundings. 

Some key signs and road markings to look out for are:

40km/h sign

  • The speed limit for vehicles on Hunter and Scott streets will be 40km/h. Light rail vehicles will also be limited to 40km/h

Traffic sign Speed 40


  • A tramway is marked by tram only signs and two continuous yellow lines or a structure on the left hand side of the tracks
  • In Newcastle, the section between Stewart Avenue (east) and Newcomen Street is a dedicated tramway
  • Tramways may only be used by light rail vehicles, light rail recovery vehicles, emergency services and public buses
  • Other vehicles must not use a tramway, unless avoiding an obstruction

Traffic sign Tramway

 Mixed running

  • In Newcastle, the section between Newcomen and Pacific streets is designated for mixed running. In this section, drivers are generally required to treat a light rail vehicle as any other vehicle under the road rules. However, there are some specific rules to follow when driving around light rail vehicles in this section
  • A driver must not overtake to the right of a light rail vehicle unless permitted to do so by a traffic sign or road marking
  • A driver must not overtake to the left of the light rail vehicle unless the driver is turning left, and there is no danger of a collision with the light rail vehicle

Traffic sign Mixed Running

Tram Only road marking

  • 'Tram Only' road markings will be in place at intersections along the Newcastle Light Rail route. These road markings support tramway signage and serve as a reminder to drivers to stay off light rail tracks

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 Warning sign (road users)

  • These signs will be a common sight around the light rail route, generally at cross streets, to alert road users that light rail is running in the area

Traffic sign Warning for Cars

Warning sign (pedestrians)

  • These signs will be a common sight at signalised pedestrian crossings, to alert pedestrians that light rail is running in the area

Traffic sign Warning for Pedestrians

Rules that apply for tramways and mixed running

  • Drivers must not stop at a tram stop or on the road within 20 metres of a tram stop unless a parking sign permits stopping
  • Drivers must not stop in a tramway or on tram tracks

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Remember, in the event of an emergency dial 000