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NEWCASTLE LIGHT-RAIL: Say hello to our little red friend…


So D day has finally come. Melbourne sorry my mistake Newcastle is finally seeing some results after all the hullaballoo and chaos *I’ve been workin’ on the railroad plays softly in the background*. The first light-rail vehicle (well not the first but the first since 1950) finally rolled down Hunter Street so we thought we would write a bit of a guide (for those not alive to see the last tram in existence).

Firstly let’s remember that it’s the light-rail vehicle, not a tram. The Newcastle City Council and surrounding governing bodies have spent a lot of time and money (ask the surrounding small businesses) in making sure that Newcastle is being brought into the future and getting the name right is the first step in this whole process. This is Newcastle we’re talking about, although personally, I miss the old Kanye.

Point number two, the light rail is bright red, so it’s pretty hard to miss buuuut please, let’s make sure we look both ways before crossing the road. I know, I know, it’s Hunter Street. No one ever looks both ways before they cross the road in Newcastle, it’s a little known common fact. Although soon we’re going to have those posters of the Rhino riding a skateboard or something along those lines, this is Melbourne after all, warning us just how dangerous the tram (I mean light-rail vehicles) are. I know they are scary and big and new and not what we are used to seeing and Novocastrians are not about that change life but, I promise we will be ok.

I know things look new and exciting, aka scary and different but that doesn’t mean we have to be afraid. It’s just a shiny big red light-rail vehicle. Think of it as the little engine that could (one that’s not using the existing rail lines). I know people are put off at the moment ok fine terrified by Hunter Street (you can drive on there know you know guys?) but I’m really hoping that once things are finally up and running, Newcastle’s favourite street will be hip-hop and happening once more.

But hey, at the end of the day, this is the one thing that is going to link that train station in the middle of nowhere, to the real epicentre of our coastal town. But hey, all jokes aside, this is a good thing, in fact, it’s a great thing. Soon all the construction will be done for one, and apparently, this is going to bring people to the city in droves. So let’s embrace it, let’s ride it, and bring Newcastle into the future.

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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