Light Rail Energisation Facts

We are reaching an exciting stage of the light rail project, with the installation of poles, overhead wire and testing of electrical systems and vehicles.

Overhead Wire

Light Rail Vehicles (LRV’s) run on electricity that is transmitted through an overhead wire.
Poles are erected along the light rail corridor and the wire is connected from pole to pole.

Overhead Wire info
  • The overhead wire is LIVE and carries 750 volts of power. It will cause fatal injuries if touched. Always keep a safe distance from the overhead wire and never come into contact with it.
  • Make sure that your vehicle/load does not come into close contact with the overhead wire.
  • If you are unsure, plan your journey ahead and avoid travelling near the light rail route. In the event of an emergency, dial 000.

Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Testing

Each LRV undergoes comprehensive testing to ensure its safe operation. Testing will start at night, with the LRVs operating at low speed.
Over time, testing speeds will increase and take place during the day.Poles are erected along the light rail corridor and the wire is connected from pole to pole.

Light Rail Vehicle testing
  • Look out for the tracks on the road and do not ride immediately adjacent to the rail track. Your cycle wheels may get caught in the rail groove.
  • Ride directly across the tracks at a right angle to avoid your wheels getting stuck in the groove.
  • Always cross the tracks at designated crossings and intersections. 

Light Rail Facts

Overhead Wire (OHW)

The OHW will be strung in lengths of about a kilometre long.

The height of the OHW is around 6.1m along the route and 6.65m at intersections, and is well above the Australian standard of 5.64m.


The LRV transmits a GPS signal and emits a radio signal that is picked up by an intrack transponder and transmitted to the control centre.

Receivers on the track pick up this signal to manipulate intersection signals and stations. Staffers at the control centre monitor the LRV’s position based on the GPS and rail-system transmissions.

Lights & Sounds

Audible warnings, horn and bell, and high intensity headlights are among the LRV’s safety features.

The LRV design is focused on passenger comfort and safety.

The LRV’s are very quiet and smooth. Even at 60kmh the noise levels are lower compared to a bus.

LRV Design

The LRV design features low floors, bidirectional operation, and is fully climate-controlled with capacity for more than 200 passengers.

There are two dedicated areas for the storage of bicycles and wheelchairs. Passengers will have free access to the high speed on board Wi-Fi system. Real time CCTV (internal and external) and Emergency Help Points (Intercom) ensure maximum security for passengers and drivers.

Component of Overhead Wire