New transport interchange plan open for feedback

The plans for the new Wickham Transport Interchange, NSW, are now available to the public

New transport interchange plan open for feedback
An artist’s impression of the new interchange

People in Newcastle, New South Wales, are being asked for their feedback on the proposed Wickham Transport Interchange.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Wickham is available to public until August 30, giving the community a chance to have their say about the new interchange.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says the truncation of the heavy rail line and creating the transport interchange is a key part of the NSW Government’s plans to revitalise Newcastle.

"The REF gives the community a first look at the new interchange at Wickham, which will transform the area and provide seamless connections for customers catching trains, buses, light rail and taxis."

The new station and interchange will include fully accessible train platforms, security measures including CCTV, modern signage, ‘kiss and ride’ facilities, taxi bays and easy access to light rail and buses.

"As we get on with the job of truncating the heavy rail line and starting work on a new light rail system for Newcastle, Wickham will become a hub for thousands of customers travelling in and around Newcastle and the Hunter," says Berejiklian.

Feedback from the local community will help to shape the final design and delivery of the interchange and truncation project.

"I expect to see growth and investment around the new modern transport hub, as well as benefits for existing Wickham businesses – both in the short term during construction and in the longer term when more people start using the interchange," says Berejiklian.

"I have always said a key part of this project from a transport point of view will be making sure we have a comprehensive bus plan in place for customers in the interim while light rail is under construction."

Following the truncation of heavy rail on Boxing Day, trains will terminate at either Broadmeadow or Hamilton stations and buses will carry customers to and from these stations.

When construction at Wickham is complete in 2016, buses will operate to and from the new interchange until light rail is built.

Further consultation will be undertaken this year as part of the planning approvals process for the light rail design.

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