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Newcastle Light Rail Definition Design


The Newcastle Light Rail is more than just a transportation upgrade, it’s part of a wider strategy to reinvigorate Newcastle and connect the CBD to its waterfront. This design closes the heavy line rail at Newcastle CBD between Wickham and the old Newcastle terminus.

A technical advisory design team was engaged by Transport NSW to assess and document engineering systems and solutions, operational plans and cost estimates for three potential light rail alignments between Wickham and the CBD.

COX led the urban design component of the scoping design that explored alignment configurations and stop options within the context of the Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program (NURTP). The design of the network and stops will contribute future development opportunities, unlock unrealised development capacity, improve connections between the waterfront and the city and aid other outcomes that will contribute to the delivery of the urban renewal strategy.

The development of stop designs and precinct concepts respond to public domain opportunities along the revitalised Hunter Street corridor.

Technical Information

Transport for NSW
Completed, 2015
Key Consultants
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon