The fleet of six CAF Urbos LRVs will be equipped with an onboard energy storage system, reducing the need for overhead electrification on the 2.7km line, which will connect a new transport interchange at Wickham with the city centre and Pacific Park.

“Removing the overhead wires will preserve the aesthetics of Newcastle’s heritage architecture and its unique character as light rail breathes new life into the city centre,” Constance says.

The line is due to open in 2019.

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