NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week opened the $200 million Newcastle Interchange, which provides a fully accessible, multi-modal transport interchange that will link trains, buses, taxis, kiss and ride facilities, and from early 2019, Newcastle Light Rail.
Mr Constance said the new interchange also includes new train stabling and turn-back facilities to the east of Hamilton Station, signalling work, a new pedestrian bridge and staff facilities. Other features include new customer toilets, undercover bicycle storage, a food and drink outlet, and weather protection canopies on platforms, the concourse and Station Street.
The interchange – located at Wickham, west of Stewart Avenue – is a major component of the $650 million-plus Revitalising Newcastle program, which is a multi-agency NSW Government program tasked with delivering a suite of transport and urban transformation projects in the city centre.
"The target opening date for the Newcastle Interchange was November 2017. A combination of good planning, dry weather and the cooperation of the surrounding community has allowed us to open the interchange a few weeks ahead of schedule," Mr Constance said.
Another key component of the Revitalising Newcastle program is Newcastle Light Rail, which consists of a 2.7-kilometre line from Newcastle Interchange to Pacific Park in Newcastle East and will provide high-frequency services every 7.5 minutes during peak times. It is due to open in 2019.