26 September 2023

Newcastle light rail clocks one million

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Transport for NSW has announced that more than one million trips have been taken on Newcastle’s light rail service since it was launched a year ago.

Acting Regional Director, North at Transport for NSW, Anna Zycki, said getting around the city was now easier than ever, and she was pleased to see locals and visitors embracing public transport.

“Light rail is now part of many Novocastrians daily lives, with more than 3,700 customer trips on average every weekday,” Ms Zycki said.

“People are using the network to get around the city whether for work, study or leisure,” she said.

“The light rail has made Newcastle Transport a truly integrated network, with almost half of passenger trips using the light rail to connect with bus, ferry or train services.”

Ms Zycki said public transport use in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie had increased by more than 23 per cent in 2019, compared to 2018.

“Light rail has become a popular public transport option for Novocastrians, with over 1.2 million passenger trips recorded since the first day of service last year,” she said.

“Newcastle light rail has also been a key driver in urban renewal and has re-shaped Newcastle’s city centre for the better,” Ms Zycki said.

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