Newcastle Light Rail

Newcastle Light Rail is a key part of the Revitalising Newcastle project delivered by Transport for NSW.

Newcastle Light Rail services commenced on 17 February 2019, providing a frequent and reliable travel option throughout the city centre, connecting key activity precincts, reinvigorating Hunter and Scott Streets, and opening up great urban renewal opportunities. 


Newcastle Light Rail is now operated by Newcastle Transport.
For travel information including service times and ticketing:


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Key features

Key features

  • 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 light rail system contributes to the continued economic growth of the city by bringing people back to the city centre, delivering customers directly to the door of businesses, and linking great new public spaces and city precincts. It forms the centrepiece of a fully integrated, vastly improved public transport network delivered by Newcastle Transport, catering for transport demand for years to come.

Frequent and reliable services during peak times

Stimulates urban revitalisation and delivers customers to the door

Can carry the equivalent of three full buses

Energy-efficient and sustainable form of transport

Part of an integrated transport solution

Laying the foundation for future light rail network

Before and after

Project status

Scoping and investigation

Review of Environmental Factors

Project approval

Construction contract awarded

Detailed design

Construction underway

Light rail service operational

Related projects

Following close consultation with the Newcastle community and other stakeholders, the NSW Government has committed to some additional work that will complement the introduction of light rail in the city centre.

Previous project updates can be found on the Transport for NSW website.

Associated road upgrades

Transport for NSW continues to work closely with Newcastle City Council and Roads and Maritime Services to deliver a number of traffic improvements along and around the light rail route. These improvements are designed to complement the introduction of light rail, and support transport movements within Newcastle’s city centre. 

The project includes the reconfiguration of key intersections, upgrades to surrounding roads, and changes to inner city bus and parking arrangements to allow traffic to continue to move efficiently when light rail is complete. The road upgrades will be located within the existing road corridors surrounding Stewart Avenue, Hannell Street, Parry Street, Hunter Street, King Street, Steel Street, and Darby Street.

The project received planning approval in May 2017 and work started in August 2017. You can view the Review of Environmental Factors Submissions Report and related documents in the library.

Cycleway strategy

During the Newcastle Light Rail REF public display period the community said cycleways and pedestrian footpaths were an important part of the city’s integrated transport future. The Cycleway Strategy was a key commitment made by Transport for NSW in response to feedback provided in the REF process, with a specific commitment made in the Light Rail submissions report in August 2016. View the Cycleway Strategy.