Change on track for Newcastle Light Rail

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

15 August 2016

NSW Government: Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced Newcastle Light Rail will proceed with key changes following suggestions from the public.

“We want Novocastrians to own this project and be a part of the plans to revitalise this historic harbourside city. Light rail is a major part of that,” Mr Constance said.

Following consultation, the design of Newcastle Light Rail will change in a number of ways, including:

“We’ve taken on board suggestions from the public and we’re committed to working with everyone involved to make sure green space, footpaths, cycleways and parking are front and centre as the final designs are progressed,” Mr Constance said.

Other changes to the project include removing ballast from around the tracks west of Worth Place so light rail will be quieter, look better and deliver more open space for pedestrians and cyclists.

“These improvements are a win–win for customers and local residents,” Mr Constance said.

Today the formal determination for the project has been released and detailed design for the construction phase can begin.

“I’m also pleased to announce Downer EDI Limited has been appointed as the Managing Contractor to deliver the fixed infrastructure for light rail following a competitive tender process, which was overseen by an independent Probity Adviser,” Mr Constance said.

Downer is a leader in the provision of transport infrastructure, and has a strong presence in the Hunter region. Downer brings extensive experience and a well-coordinated team of practiced professionals to the light rail project.

A progressive construction program will be developed by the Managing Contractor so that construction focuses on one precinct at a time. In addition, the project team will work with Newcastle City Council and other stakeholders to develop a Parking Strategy, a Cycleway Strategy and an Urban Design Concept for Hunter and Scott streets.

To find out more details about the Newcastle light rail determination and submissions report, visit www.revitalisingnewcastle.com.au (external link)

 

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