NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance has announced Newcastle Light Rail will proceed with key changes following suggestions from the public.
Following consultation, the design of Newcastle Light Rail will change in a number of ways, including:
- Instead of raised tracks, the line will be built flush with the road along the route;
- The track alignment at Worth Place has been altered to ensure a smoother turn and quicker travel time; and
- A second track will be built across Stewart Avenue near the new Wickham Interchange to reduce disruption when future light rail extensions are built.
"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.
Mr Constance also announced that Downer EDI Limited has been appointed as the Managing Contractor to deliver the fixed infrastructure for light rail following a competitive tender process.
A progressive construction program will be developed by the Managing Contractor so that construction focuses on one precinct at a time. The project team will also 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.