Construction on Newcastle's light rail line is finally wrapping up, meaning we can drive along the full stretch of Hunter Street again.
The section between Merewether and Telford Streets will re-open to traffic at about 8pm Friday night.
Construction started on Hunter Street in September last year and over the past 12 months work has included replacing century-old sewerage infrastructure, upgrading around 3.5 kilometres of footpaths in partnership with the City of Newcastle, and building 5.5 kilometres of light rail track.
“In the past year Revitalising Newcastle has made more upgrades to CBD roads, footpaths and services like water and sewer than you’d otherwise see in decades," Program Director Michael Cassel said.
“More than 3,000 individuals have worked on the Newcastle Light Rail site, ranging from engineers to excavator drivers, and each person has contributed to this project being kept on time, and on budget.
“This is a watershed moment for Newcastle. The fences are coming down to reveal a new and improved Hunter Street, 6,000 square metres of former rail corridor has been delivered as community greenspace, and the restored Newcastle Station will hold its grand public opening with a free event tomorrow night.”