Novocastrians are being assured there won’t be a return to traffic gridlock on Stewart Avenue once the Wickham Interchange starts operating.

Traffic Engineer, Ron Brown has told the Herald there’s been no information on how potential conflicts between pedestrians, cars and light rail vehicles will be managed.

However, Revitalising Newcastle Project Director, Michael Cassel says the impact on surrounding intersections will be minimal because light rail movements are faster than heavy rail and don’t require boom gates.

He also says the light rail moves in synchronisation with traffic lights.

The Newcastle Interchange At Wickham