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Newcastle’s light rail route is taking shape along Hunter Street as contractors pour the parallel concrete slabs which will hold the tracks.
The tracks will be recessed to road level after the state government last year reversed an earlier decision to leave them above ground.
The concrete slabs will form Hunter Street’s dedicated east- and west-bound tram lanes. Cars will run on either side of the light rail, but the design does not allow room for on-street parking.
The 2.4-kilometre tram service from the Newcastle Interchange to Pacific Park is costing almost $250 million to build, or $100,000 a metre, according to a cabinet-in-confidence business plan which became public in September.
The trams will operate with on-board energy storage, meaning they will not have overhead wires.
The service is scheduled to start operating in early 2019.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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