Newcastle Bus Interchange opens
Another milestone in Newcastle’s public transport journey has been achieved today with the opening of the Newcastle Bus Interchange, the final transport link in the NSW Government’s $650 million Revitalising Newcastle program.
“This is a significant milestone for Newcastle with the fully integrated transport hub connecting buses, coaches, heavy rail and light rail,” said Pete Allaway, Chief Operating Officer of the Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division at Transport for NSW.
“Around 300 buses will utilise the interchange on a weekly basis allowing passengers to easily connect to other transport modes.
“We have seen Newcastle embrace the light rail and this new interchange will help encourage the use of public transport in the region.”
Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said that the bus interchange will be a vital part of a thriving and connected city.
“Linking people with places to work, live, stay and play is key to the Revitalising Newcastle program, and the bus interchange will now make it easier than ever to move around our city.
“We’re proud to have worked with Transport for NSW and DOMA Group to help deliver this fantastic outcome for the people of Newcastle,” Ms Misevska said.
Work is still underway on The Store redevelopment and some facilities at the new bus interchange, including the kiss and ride area, will be opening at a later stage.
The interchange will also provide pedestrian access between the station concourse, the bus interchange, Hunter Street and Stewart Avenue.
The bus interchange will be used by Newcastle Transport’s Route 22 bus service, regional bus service operators and coaches servicing Port Stephens, western Lake Macquarie, the mid-north Coast and Cessnock and periodically for rail replacement services.
Customers can plan their journeys by going to www.transportnsw.info