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Newcastle Light Rail Project

Newcastle Light Rail Project

Newcastle Light Rail Project

Newcastle Light Rail Project


Downer EDI

Type of contract: Lump sum


Newcastle CBD, NSW, Australia

Construction period:

Nov 2017 – Nov 2018

Executing Company:

Rhomberg Rail Australia

Contract value:

11 M AUD


Nature of work

Downer EDI, assigned by Transport for NSW contracted Rhomberg Rail Australia (RRA) to provide the track works scope for the Newcastle Light Rail project. Constructing 2.7 kilometres of double tracked line through Newcastle’s CBD ending 200 metres from Newcastle Beach. The track was to facilitate the new light rail/tram service replacing the train line in Newcastle.


Project outcomes

All construction works were completed to design drawings, on time and compliant with Transport’s Code of Practice. 

The program was challenging given the busy nature of the CBD and the overall impact to the city community during the construction phase. A rotation of 3 RRA teams worked alongside multiple contractors and sub-contractors working on the project during construction.

The new light railway will follow the old rail corridor for approximately a third of the route and then cross both Hunter and Scott Streets. At peak times the tram will run every 7.5 minutes and transport up to 1200 people per hour, making it one of the most important infrastructure projects for Newcastle in recent history.


Our role

RRA was contracted to deliver the installation of all rail and special track including turnouts, crossovers and insulated rail joints. The installation of all connections and cast-in items within the track slab were also within the scope. Additionally, RRA
delivered all track related concrete, reinforcement works, earthing and bonding elements as part of the project.


“With the Newcastle Light Railway urban development project we were able to win our first major urban environment

Richard Morgan
Managing Director, Rhomberg Rail Australia.