Work in progress

To help prepare for major construction of Newcastle Light Rail, some initial work is underway in the city centre:

 

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Site investigations on Hunter and Scott streets

To help prepare for construction of Newcastle Light Rail, Transport for NSW has engaged Downer EDI, as managing contractor for light rail, to carry out site investigations in Newcastle, Newcastle East and Newcastle West.

During July and August we will be digging small trenches on the road to help us better understand what’s beneath the ground before we start major light rail construction on Hunter Street from September. The centre lanes will be fenced off so work can be carried out safely. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. Read more in the site investigations Newcastle East construction notification.

These site investigations will take place in the following locations and will take about one week in each area, weather permitting:

  • Hunter Street between Worth Place and Auckland Street, from 15 August.
  • Hunter Street between Auckland Street and Merewether Street, from 7 August
  • Hunter Street between Merewether Street and Darby Street, from 10 July
  • Hunter Street at the Darby Street intersection, from 24 July
  • Hunter Street between Darby Street and Crown Street, from 3 July
  • Scott Street between Bolton Street and Watt Street, from 17 July
  • Scott Street between Watt Street and Pacific Street, from 24 July
  • Scott Street between Pacific Street and Telford Street, from 31 July

Worth Place road connection

Work is underway on a temporary road connection linking Honeysuckle Drive to Hunter Street to help traffic move around the city more easily. Read more in the July 2017 Worth Place construction notification.

Work in the former rail corridor

Preparation work has started for the new light rail stabling and maintenance facility near the former Wickham Station. Read more in the May 2017 Newcastle West construction notification.

Excavation and investigation of buried infrastructure will take place near the pedestrian walkways at Steel Street and Kuwumi Place. Redundant rail infrastructure will also be removed. Pedestrian access will be maintained during this work. Work is also taking place to widen embankments in the former rail corridor between Crown and Perkins Streets. Read more in the July 2017 Newcastle Light Rail project update.

City centre bus changes - bus stop relocation

Bus routes in Newcastle city centre will change ahead of major light rail construction. This will involve moving bus routes off Hunter and Scott streets, and onto King Street or Honeysuckle Drive and Wharf Road.

Transport for NSW has engaged Newcastle City Council to build nine new bus stops on King Street and Wharf Road, and convert five existing school bus stops to permanent bus stops. Work will start on Thursday 29 June 2017 and is expected to take about eight weeks to complete, weather permitting. More information about this work can be found in this notification.

Property condition surveys

Property condition surveys are routinely offered on major infrastructure projects to record the condition of existing buildings before construction gets underway. We will be contacting eligible property owners and tenants along the Newcastle Light Rail route over the coming months to offer a property condition survey. For more information, please see the property condition survey fact sheet.

Major light rail construction

Major light rail construction will start in September 2017. Construction of Newcastle Light Rail will be carried out in zones on Hunter and Scott streets. There are ten construction zones in total and each zone will be temporarily closed to traffic during major construction. Multiple zones may be closed at any one time. Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction. View the 2017 construction overview.

Construction Map

We will provide information for each construction zone outlining key activities, details on traffic arrangements, what to expect during construction, and contact details before work starts in a given area.

1.

Stewart Avenue between Hunter Street and Honeysuckle Drive

Work starts: August 2017 (weekend work only)
Status: Not started
More information: Coming in July


2.

Former rail corridor between former Wickham Station and Worth Place

Work starts: May 2017
Status: In progress
More information: Newcastle West construction update


3.

Hunter Street between Worth Place and Auckland Street

Work starts: December 2017
Status: Not started
More info: Coming soon


4.

Hunter Street between Auckland Street and Darby Street

Work starts: September 2017
Status: Not started
More info: Hunter Street between Auckland Street and Darby Street - construction overview


5.

Hunter Street between Darby Street and Crown Street

Work starts: 2018
Status: Not started
More info: More information about 2018 work will be released later this year.

 


6.

Hunter Street between Crown Street and Perkins Street

Work starts: November 2017
Status: Not started
More info: Coming soon


7.

Scott Street between Perkins Street and Newcomen Street

Work starts: 2018
Status: Not started
More info: More information about 2018 work will be released later this year


8.

Scott Street between Newcomen Street and Watt Street

Work starts: 2018
Status: Not started
More info: More information about 2018 work will be released later this year


9.

Scott Street between Watt Street and Pacific Street

Work starts: 2018
Status: Not started
More info: More information about 2018 work will be released later this year


10.

Scott Street between Pacific Street and Telford Street

Work starts: December 2017
Status: Not started
More info: Coming soon

 

 

Work not involving road closures will also take place throughout the project in all zones.

Information for road users

We will display up to date information, including road closures and detours on electronic message signs along the road. For the latest traffic information, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

During major light rail construction from September, parts of Hunter and Scott streets will be temporarily closed to traffic. Changed traffic conditions may cause some delays and we encourage people to take this into account when planning their trip.

Traffic changes week starting 24 July:

Hunter Street at the intersection of Darby Street

  • The centre lanes will be fenced off so work can be carried out safely. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. This work will take about one week to complete, weather permitting.

Scott Street between Watt and Pacific streets

  • The centre lanes will be fenced off so work can be carried out safely. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. This work will take about one week to complete, weather permitting.

Worth Place

  • Traffic control will be in place while a new road connection is built at Worth Place.

Project updates

Project updates will be published regularly outlining light rail work completed and upcoming work

Contact us

Phone:

  • 1800 684 490 for general enquiries about Newcastle Light Rail
  • 1800 775 465 for urgent construction related enquiries or issues (24 hour line)

Email: projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

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