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Wickham Transport Interchange

Project overview

The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy, released in 2012, included a range of initiatives to revitalise Hunter Street and improve links between the city centre and the waterfront.

One of the major renewal initiatives currently underway is Newcastle Light Rail which includes the delivery of a new transport interchange at Wickham. Together, these initiatives are set to revitalise Newcastle and are part of the Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program.

In early 2014 the NSW Government announced plans to build a new transport interchange at Wickham, west of Stewart Avenue. The construction of a fully-accessible transport interchange at Wickham will enable customers to easily connect with trains, light rail, buses, taxis and cars.

This work will allow for the future development of Newcastle Light Rail and will help to reconnect the city with the foreshore.

For more information about the Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program, please visit Revitalising Newcastle.

Benefits and features

  • Truncating the heavy rail at Wickham will improve links between the city centre and the waterfront.

    Wickham has been chosen as the location for a new transport interchange because of its proximity to the Newcastle city centre and its potential to trigger development and economic growth in Newcastle’s emerging CBD.

    The new transport interchange will be fully accessible and enable customers to easily connect with trains, future Light Rail, regional buses, taxis and cars.

    Frequent, easily accessible shuttle buses will operate to enable customers to easily travel to and from the city centre with links between Hamilton, Wickham, Civic, Queens Wharf and Newcastle. For more details about shuttle bus services, please see Revitalising Newcastle: shuttle bus information flyer (pdf 1.4MB), or visit www.transportnsw.info for train and shuttle bus timetable information.

    Seven temporary pedestrian connections over the rail are now open at Steel Street, Kuwumi Place (near Newcastle TAFE), Worth Place, Civic Station, Perkins Street, Wolfe Street and Argyle Street.

  • The Wickham Transport Interchange will include the following features to enhance customer experience:

    • Fully accessible platforms and concourse.
    • Provision for future Light Rail.
    • ‘Kiss and ride’ and taxi bays.
    • Integrated security system, including CCTV.
    • Opal electronic ticketing systems.
    • Modern wayfinding and signage systems.

Project status

Laing O’Rourke was awarded the contract to design and build the interchange in December 2014.

On 27 July plans were unveiled for the new design for the transport interchange at Wickham. For more information about the new design, please see the Wickham Transport Interchange newsletter (pdf 2.59MB) or view the fly-through.

Scope

  • The Wickham Transport Interchange project includes:

    • Truncation of the heavy rail line to the west of Stewart Avenue, Wickham.
    • Construction of a fully accessible transport interchange to the west of Stewart Avenue, Wickham.
    • Construction of a new train stabling facility to the east of Hamilton Station (northern side).
    • Removal of Stewart Avenue boom gates.
    • Permanent closure of Railway Street level crossing at Wickham.
    • Brand-new fully accessible pedestrian bridge over the rail corridor near Railway Street.
    • Modifications to existing signalling infrastructure for trains terminating in the interim at Hamilton and Broadmeadow, and in the future, Wickham.
    • Signalling, overhead wiring and other associated works.
    • Staff and crewing facilities for NSW Trains, Sydney Trains and associated interchange staff.

Current works

Environment

Media releases and links

Last updated: 30 November 2016