Newcastle Light Rail Recognised for Innovation and Impact on Rail by RTSA

Newcastle Light Rail has received an honourable mention for the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) Project of the Year Award 2020. WSP worked in a joint venture to deliver the project for Downer and Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

This award recognises a significant innovative railway project that has had a major impact on rail transport in Australasia and is worthy of public recognition. A certificate will be awarded to the Newcastle Light Rail joint venture partners next year at the CORE 2021 Gala Dinner to recognise the merit of the project in this category.


Newcastle Light Rail is a city-shaping project and a key part of the NSW Government’s $650m program to revitalise Newcastle, providing a frequent and reliable travel option throughout the city centre and connecting key precincts in the region. It also allows for future possible expansion of the network in the Hunter region.


The project is notable for being the first fully catenary-free light rail in Australia, its innovative charging mechanism and for increasing the appeal of light rail solutions as a viable option for future growth and densification in regional areas.


Earlier this year on the anniversary of one year since opening, TfNSW acknowledged the light rail for making Newcastle Transport an integrated network and for increasing the public transport use in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie by over 23% in 2019 compared to 2018. The full media release can be viewed here.



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