Monday 20th May, 2019

Light rail in Australia: An introduction

Light Rail

Light rail has quickly become one of Australia’s most exciting infrastructure platforms. A light rail development brings together disciplines like civil engineering, city planning, construction and rail engineering, with projects often involving several hundred contractors and sub-contractors – many coming from outside the rail sector.

Once popular throughout Australia, light rail vehicles – or trams – vanished from streets in all but two cities for over three decades.

However, a renaissance of light rail has, in recent years, seen new projects crop up all around the nation. With projects recently opened, in construction, or being planned in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT, Rail Express takes a snapshot of the market in March 2019.

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