Newcastle’s light rail network has been suspended following a mechanical problem with Spanish-built trams, the same manufacturer as the Crack Inner Western Sydney service.
The Newcastle service was suspended from 5pm on Thursday after a mechanical problem was discovered on the tram, and work continued on Friday afternoon.
“The fleet has been temporarily suspended as a precaution until the inspection is completed. The issue is not related to the cracking problems identified in the inner West Light rail fleet,” said a spokesman for NSW Transportation.
While the six trams that serve the Newcastle light rail are models like the Crack Inner West Fleet, they are new and have some different components. Transportation for NSW expects Newcastle service to return on Monday.
“The CAF Urbos 100 vehicles operating in Newcastle are as basic trams as those operated on the Inner West L1 line, although these are new and have some different components and systems,” the spokesman said.
“Keolis Downer is working to immediately investigate and repair the fleet to restore passenger service as soon as possible and aims to return some trams to services by Monday at this stage.”
Large cracks were found last month in 12 trams serving the Inner West Light train from Dulwich Hill to Central Station, forcing the line to shut down for 18 months.
Transport Minister Rob Stokes said Thursday that he still has no timeline for when the Inner West service will return, and the government is working with manufacturer CAF on an engineering solution to the cracking.
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