Light rail testing and commissioning

Moving into testing and commissioning marked a major milestone for Newcastle Light Rail. The testing phase ensures the system is ready to carry passengers from early 2019. Find out more in the testing and commissioning fact sheet.  

Testing and driver training is in progress day and night. Here are some tips to help keep you safe when sharing the road with light rail:

  • Follow all road signs and markings. Double yellow lines separate the road from the tramway and cannot be crossed unless avoiding an obstruction such as a broken down vehicle
  • Light rail vehicles are quiet - always use dedicated pedestrian crossings, and look both ways before crossing the road
  • Riding across the rails can take some getting used to. Take care when cycling near light rail tracks - wheels can catch in the tracks and they can be slippery. Slow down before crossing the tracks at intersections and try to cross at a right angle
  • Do not drive or park on the tramway between Worth Place and Newcomen Street, marked with 'Tram Only'
  • Do not attempt to board the light rail vehicle - services won't be operational until early 2019

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Stay informed

The testing and commissioning overview broadly outlines what to expect during light rail testing and commissioning.

We will be updating this page weekly with the latest information on upcoming road closures and night work during testing and commissioning.