Newcastle light-rail progress


Route and enabling work starts as Newcastle prepares for the introduction of light-rail

The location of key stops and other infrastructure for Newcastle’s light-rail project were announced by the New South Wales (NSW) Government recently.

A central station will be built in the CBD, with major stops proposed at Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown Street, Market Street and Pacific Park.

The contract to run the new tram and all other public transport networks, under the banner of a new all-encompassing entity called Transport for Newcastle, has now gone out to tender.

Once the light-rail project is complete, there will be a tram every 10 minutes during peak times, with trams able to carry at least 100 customers and the ability to transport 1200 people an hour during weekdays.

"The current transport system is not working," NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says.

"As the city grows and light rail gets underway, this is an opportunity to rethink how we deliver transport and create something that will benefit Newcastle and set it up for the future,"

"As part of the tender process, new operators will need to prove how they'll partner with the community to boost declining patronage and provide transport services that go where and when locals want them."

Newcastle coordinator-general Anna Zycki has also been appointed to ensure the transformation of Newcastle’s public transport goes to plan.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Zycki as the Newcastle coordinator-general to oversee these transformational projects and work closely with the community and stakeholders over the coming years," Constance says.

"Anna is an experienced transport professional, and is currently regional manager for Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in the Hunter region."

The aim of Transport for Newcastle is to deliver improved transport services, including buses, ferries, and light-rail and ensure they are well integrated.

Major building work to make way for the Newcastle light-rail project is set to start early next year.

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