Residents give views on Newcastle light rail options at community information sessions

URBANGROWTH NSW project manager David Antcliff said he was happy with the turnout at last week's light rail community information sessions held in Newcastle and Maitland.

Residents were asked to give feedback on three light rail options proposed for Newcastle CBD - one runs down the existing rail corridor, another runs down Hunter Street, while a third snakes its way between the two.

About 150 people attended the first session in Newcastle last Saturday, while 45 attended the session at Maitland on Monday and another 100 attended the second Newcastle session on Tuesday night.

Mr Antcliff said he would have liked a wider demographic of people to come along, with most of the attendees from the older generation.

"A lot of people have had questions about the ease of public transport and how that's all going to work during construction," he said.

"Generally the plans have been well-received; we've got a lot of positive feedback about freeing up congestion on Stewart Avenue."

Other residents living in the east end of Newcastle raised concerns about noise vibrations and bottlenecks on Scott Street.

Mr Antcliff said people still had until Friday, March 28, to lodge their comments on their preferred route, which they could do online.

Technical costs for the three routes are still being finalised and will not be ready before the consultation period is over.

■ To lodge your comments on the proposed light rail routes, go to revitalisingnewcastle.com.au.

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