Light rail testing and commissioning

Moving into testing and commissioning marks a major milestone for Newcastle Light Rail.

The first light rail vehicle arrived in September 2018 and from October 2018, you will begin to see light rail vehicles moving around the city centre as we test the light rail system and train our drivers. This testing phase will ensure the system is fully functional and safe to carry passengers from early 2019. Find out more in the testing and commissioning fact sheet.  

Most testing will take place at night to minimise traffic disruptions and allow the final stages of construction and landscaping to continue during the day.

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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.