Scott Street closed for Newcastle light rail construction

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Workers pour the first section of track on the former rail corridor, near Steel Street, on Tuesday morning.

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TweetFacebook Scott Street closed to trafficMost of the Newcastle light rail route along Hunter and Scott streets is now closed to traffic and parking as construction work ramps up on the project.

Workers shut off three blocks of Scott Street, from Newcomen Street to Pacific Street, overnight,leaving access lanes into apartment garages. They also shut another block of Hunter Street east of Darby Street.

Cars and buses in Watt Street were still able to cross Scott Street.

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Burger joint caught in light rail sandwichPremier opens door on rail reliefMinister: Time to look forwardQuestions over light rail business caseLight rail at twice the priceThe light rail route narrows at Scott Street, where cars and trams will share one lane in each direction beside a wider footpath along the Market Street Lawn and Newcastle train station.

A concept drawing shows cars and trams sharing common lanes as the route narrows in Scott Street. Work has started on this section of the line.

Further west, on the section of the route running along the former rail corridor, contractors for Downer EDI poured the first strip of concretebetween Worth Place and Steel Streeton Tuesday morning.

Another blockof Hunter Street, from Union Street to Auckland Street, was closed last week, but two lanes of traffic between Auckland and Merewether streets reopened late in December on either side of the first section ofrails to be laid.

It is unclear how long the work will take, but the Revitalising Newcastle website says trams will start running in early 2019.

A concept plan for the light rail stop in Pacific Park.

The work will include replacing a 1909 sewer line buried six metres below parts of Scott and Hunterstreets, which will extend the construction period in some areas and result in water outages.

Parking will be removed permanently along the entire 1.7km stretch of light rail from Worth Place to Telford Street, near Newcastle beach.

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