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While the city sleeps, contractors are pushing to get Newcastle’s light rail up and running by early next year.
The latest section of work literally under the spotlight is in Steel Street, which will cross the tracks and connect Hunter Street with Honeysuckle Drive.
Workers are also marking lines on Hunter Street between Union and Darby streets before it opens at the end of the month.
Night work has been a feature of the project as contractor Downer EDI presses to get the trams running in the timeframe promised by the state government.
DELAYS: Sydney light rail construction outside the Town Hall in George Street two weeks ago. The project is a year behind schedule. Picture: Jessica Hromas
Meanwhile, Sydney light rail contractor Acciona is suing Transport for NSW for $1.1 billion, arguing the state government misrepresented the extent of underground utilities along the capital’s 12km route before contracts were signed.
The Sydney project was meant to be completed before the March 23 state election next year but is now expected to arrive a year late.
The optics of a Newcastle light rail line completed on time will no doubt help the government before it goes to the polls.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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