Newcastle Light Rail and Wickham Interchange forge ahead

Source: New South Wales Government - www.transport.nsw.gov.au 

12 June 2014

Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian today announced a major step forward for light rail in Newcastle, with a registration of interest now open to design and construct the new transport interchange at Wickham.

Speaking today in Newcastle, Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government is wasting no time delivering this key revitalisation project for the Newcastle CBD, with a tender also awarded to prepare a Review of Environmental of Factors (REF) for the interchange.

“The Hunter region has a bright future and this Government is showing a strong commitment to its growth,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“With targeted investment by the NSW Government – boosted by the lease of the port and a once-in-a-generation long-term lease of the State’s electricity distribution and transmission businesses – the Hunter is reaping the benefits of new and improved infrastructure, including the delivery of light rail.”

Following consultation earlier this year on the route for light rail in Newcastle, the NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering this transformational project.

Truncating the heavy rail line at Wickham and constructing a new fully-accessible transport interchange linking to light rail will help re-connect the city with the foreshore and bring jobs, residents and visitors to the Newcastle city centre.

Ms Berejiklian said the release of a registration of interest for the design and construction of Wickham today is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to start early works on the interchange by the end of the year.

“We’ve also appointed a contractor to carry out an REF for the interchange, which means the people of Newcastle will be invited to have their say during a public display from July this year.

“The REF is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and make sure we can identify any potential issues ahead of time to deliver the best possible interchange for public transport customers.

“As part of the REF process, the community will be shown more detailed information about the interchange and have the opportunity to have their questions answered by a range of planning and transport experts.”

Last month the NSW Government announced the light rail route will travel east from the new Wickham transport interchange along the existing rail corridor, before moving to Hunter Street and Scott Street and terminating at Pacific Park.

Over the next two months, the light rail project team will be carrying out traffic and geotechnical surveys above and below ground in preparation for the REF and construction of the new interchange and the light rail.

 

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