Revitalising Newcastle’s City Centre

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Transport for New South Wales
  • Project Location(s)
  • Newcastle, NSW
LTK-designed railcarGetting Newcastle's city centre back on track. 

The Newcastle Light Rail Project is part of the NSW Government’s plan to revitalise the city centre. It consists of the truncation of the existing railway at Wickham Junction and construction of an urban light rail line on a part of the vacated right-of-way and local streets, terminating in the Central Business District (CBD) at Pacific Park. It is a 2.7km two-track installation with six stations and a fleet of six light rail vehicles. A depot and stabling area were also constructed.

LTK Australia was a member of the technical advisor team and contributed to the pre-concept design in the areas of vehicle definition, depot industrial design, stabling area circulation, and operations analyses and simulation. The depot is configured for inspections and light-running repairs. The depot building houses administrative, operations and maintenance staff, operations control, training, staff accommodations, specialized shop equipment, and parts storage.

The conceptual design for the depot envisioned a fleet of short (20m) 100% low-floor light rail vehicles for initiation of this service, with provisions for vehicles up to 33m long in the future. TfNSW subsequently exercised an option in its contract with Spanish carbuilder CAF to supply 33m vehicles similar to those in operation on the Sydney Inner West Light Rail Line, but with the addition of equipment to enable catenary-free operation over the entire route, Australia’s first such installation.

Having assisted TfNSW with design review and production and testing oversight of the 12 vehicles purchased for Sydney, LTK Australia provided similar services for the six vehicles for Newcastle. Service began in February, 2019.