Construction Getting around
Information for road users
To build light rail as quickly as possible, sections of Hunter and Scott streets will be temporarily closed to traffic in 2018. Changed traffic conditions may cause some delays and we encourage people to take this into account when planning their trip.
When travelling in and around the city centre, consider using alternative routes to help avoid traffic congestion. Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, King Street and roads in from The Hill are still open.
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.
Detailed information on road closures in the city centre can be viewed here.
Information for pedestrians
Footpaths remain open so you can still get to businesses and residences along the light rail alignment. While temporary road closures are in place, pedestrians can cross from north to south at the following locations:
- Stewart Avenue
- Steel Street
- Worth Place
- Auckland Street
- Civic Station (access from the north side of Hunter Street to Newcastle Museum and Honeysuckle)
- Merewether Street
- Argyle Street
- Market Street
- Watt Street
- Telford Street
Did you know there’s a range of parking within a 5 minute walk of anywhere in the city centre? There are 21 off-street parking stations in Newcastle city centre and many of them offer all day parking for reasonable fees. View the Newcastle city centre parking guide for detailed information.
Pay and display parking meters are located throughout the city centre. If you are parking on the street in a metered area, please check kerbside signs for hours of operation and prices.
Outside the times indicated on the signs, parking is free and unrestricted; however in some instances other parking conditions may apply. Please always check the information on the kerbside before you park your vehicle.
A vehicle displaying an MPS card with the Australian Disability Parking Permit can park in metred areas at no charge.
Free 15-minute on-street parking
Did you know that you can park for 15 minutes free in Newcastle’s city centre? If parking in a 1P, 2P or 4P ticketed and on-street car space, the ticket machine offers an option to choose a free 15-minute parking ticket.
Press the minus button to print your free 15-minute parking ticket, and make sure you display it on your vehicle dashboard.
Driving your car isn’t the only way to get around Newcastle city centre. Why not rethink your journey and consider one of the alternative travel choices below?
Cycling - Take advantage of the on road and off road bike paths and the mostly flat terrain by riding to your destination in the city centre. Riding your bike is a more sustainable option that driving your car and you will also be increasing your fitness.
Walking - Why not leave the car at home and walk to work? If you don’t live within walking distance of the city centre, combine a walk with another travel choice such as public transport.
Car-pooling – Car-pooling is a great way to commute into the city centre. Share the responsibility of driving amongst your friends and colleagues, and decrease the parking and fuel you pay for each week.
Public transport – There are good public transport links to the city centre from most suburbs. Newcastle Transport’s new bus and ferry network was launched on 14 January, introducing more than one thousand extra services per week across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. The new network includes frequent bus services on core routes, more regular ferry services, new bus routes and better connections between modes. To plan your journey, view network maps and route timetables, visit newcastletransport.info
Fare free bus zone – If you don’t have easy access to a bus stop from home, why not park just outside of the city centre and take advantage of the fare free bus zone which extends from Selma Street in the west, north to the Tree of Knowledge corner (Hannell street Wickham) and east to Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach. Find out more on the Newcastle City Council website.
Newcastle Interchange – Newcastle Interchange is a new, fully accessible, multi-modal transport interchange located at Wickham, west of Stewart Avenue. Catch a train to Newcastle Interchange and choose a travel option from there – you could walk, cycle or catch a bus to your desired destination. The free 110 shuttle bus runs from the interchange and does a loop of the city centre with stops on Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, Watt Street and King Street.
Park-and-ride - Newcastle City Council offers a free park and ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium to the city centre. Buses run every 15 minutes on weekdays from 7am to 9am, dropping off at five convenient destinations in the city centre. Buses make the return trip from the city centre to the stadium every 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Find out more at newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride