Newcastle Light Rail route announced

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

24 May 2014

Minister for Planning Pru Goward and Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian today announced the Newcastle Light Rail route would be a hybrid option including the rail corridor and Hunter Street.

Light rail will travel east from the new Wickham transport interchange along the existing rail corridor, before moving south to connect with Hunter Street and Scott Street and terminating at Pacific Park.

The route was identified following Urban Growth NSW’s engagement in the project, and combines the major benefits of the two routes initially identified by Transport for NSW – utilising the existing rail corridor and servicing the city centre, while avoiding impact on Hunter Street Mall.

Ms Goward said community consultation revealed Newcastle residents and businesses want access to the waterfront, more public domain and the option to extend the light rail in the future.

“By removing the barrier of the heavy rail line, and opening up significant areas of the rail corridor for public use, the city centre can be re-united,” Ms Goward said.

“The NSW Government is investing in Newcastle to support the next phase of the city’s growth, following the successful lease of the Port of Newcastle. This project will support future urban renewal as part of the revitalisation of the city.”

Ms Berejiklian said she was pleased the decision had been made and work could progress on delivering this important project.

“The NSW Government consulted with residents, customers, community groups and other Hunter stakeholders throughout the process of selecting the route,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The route strikes the best balance in providing a quality transport outcome for Newcastle and also allowing the city and its waterfront to be reconnected and revitalised.

“Now that this decision has been made, the Government looks forward to providing further details on the timeline in the near future."

 

Contact

Nick Tyrrell 0467 733 876 (Minister Goward)

Scott Warren 0403 125 569 (Minister Berejiklian)

 

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