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Darby to Pacific streets opening
Major Newcastle Light Rail construction is set to be complete by the end of September which means the section of road between Darby and Pacific streets will soon reopen to traffic.
In preparation for this, we have put together an animation showing how traffic will flow in this area.
The arrival of Newcastle's first light rail vehicle
On the 8th of September Newcastle’s first light rail vehicle has arrived into the Port of Newcastle aboard the vessel Hoegh Jeddah!
The vehicle is the first of a fleet of six for Newcastle’s light rail system. Features include:
- CAF ‘Urbos 100’ model with a 270 person maximum capacity
- Low floor design for enhanced accessibility
- Regenerative braking to allow for energy to be transferred back to the onboard energy storage system
- First tram in NSW with surfboard racks
The vehicle was unloaded and delivered to the light rail site on the 11th of September.
Be aware there's a tram there
Drive carefully, follow all road signs and markings, and look out before you cross
Revitalising Newcastle (5)
Vanguard Conference Newcastle 2017
Video of the Vanguard Conference held in Newcastle in November 2017. The first time this event has been held outside of the USA. Great feedback on the revitalisation of Newcastle.
Building an even better Newcastle
In early 2019 you'll be able to enjoy the city centre more than ever
Revitalising Newcastle animation 2017
An artistic impression of the planning proposal lodged with Newcastle City Council, as interpreted from community consultation in 2015.
A revitalised Newcastle is taking shape - April 2017 update
A revitalised Newcastle is taking shape, and the changes will transform the way we live, work and play in this vibrant city of ours!
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Newcastle Light Rail animation
Excited to see what Newcastle will look like when light rail construction is complete?
Our new 3D animation provides a sneak peek of a vibrant Newcastle city centre with widened footpaths, more open public spaces, and Australia’s first wire-free light rail.
Worth Place to Darby Street Opening
From Tuesday 24 July Hunter Street between Union and Darby streets opened to traffic, including the new connection between Newcastle West and Honeysuckle at Worth Place
Heritage find - early nineteenth century drain
A well preserved early-nineteenth century drain has been uncovered during light rail work in Scott Street.
Constructed of local timber and stone, the drain most likely carried waste water from the town into Newcastle Harbour. A clue to the drain’s age is the fact that it sits in natural sand rather than imported fill.
The drain has been archaeologically surveyed and will be preserved under the light rail track.
Heritage find - Market St boat harbour
The Newcastle Light Rail construction team has uncovered the sandstone remains of the Market Street boat harbour. Built in the 1850s, the boat harbour replaced an earlier one near Watt Street.
Fish from boats that moored at finger wharves in the harbour were sold at the adjoining fish market. The Market Street boat harbour operated until the 1890s when it was replaced with another boat harbour at Perkins Street.
Some of the sandstone blocks have been removed to make way for utilities, and will be assessed for possible incorporation into the Newcastle Light Rail project.
Heritage Find - 1841 A.A. Company bridge
The Newcastle Light Rail team have discovered some of the earliest evidence of Newcastle’s industrial infrastructure.
A large timber footing of the 1841 A.A. Company bridge was recently uncovered during work near the future Crown Street light rail stop. The bridge was used to transport coal from a mine on the hill overlooking Newcastle down to the harbour.
The 4.5 metre long slotted beam supported the bridge’s timber piers, some of which were also found in the area. The 1840s bridge was replaced in the 1860s with a brick and iron version.
Heritage find - 19th Century Stone dish drain
The light rail construction team has uncovered a nineteenth century stone dish drain about 1.5 metres beneath Scott Street. Shallow concave-shaped drains such as this were a feature of many of the city’s early streets.
The drain was constructed with basalt stone, which was used extensively around Sydney in the 1870s. The material is believed to have been sourced from an early quarry at Prospect.
The drain has been archaeologically recorded and several sections will be left in situ beneath the light rail.
Light rail track delivery
Newcastle Light Rail reached a key milestone when more than 12 kilometres of light rail track arrived at the Port of Newcastle in December 2017.
Many thanks to the hard working crew at the port, who were on hand to safely unload a mix of straight and curved rail weighing a total of 646 tonnes.
Heritage find - Steam engine water cistern
Heritage consultants are investigating a circular brick structure uncovered during light rail construction in Zone 6. It is thought the structure may have been part of a cistern or water tank used to refill steam trains. Two other similar structures found nearby have been archaeologically recorded and reburied.
We had a chat with Heritage Consultant Tim Adams in November 2017 about the significance of the area in the development of the city’s harbour and coal industry.
Heritage find - Burwood rail line
We are pleased to announce the former Burwood rail line and tram track intersection has been recovered and will be considered for use in a possible heritage interpretation project. The line was removed as part of light rail construction on Hunter Street in October 2017.
We caught up with Heritage Consultant Tim Adams to talk about the track’s history and potential future use.
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New in Newy
Newcastle city centre is an evolving hub with a unique mix of businesses - both old and new.
Over the past year numerous new offerings have popped up, complementing the existing businesses and demonstrating positivity and belief in Newcastle’s future.
We caught up with Helloworld Travel, Susuru Ramen and Gyoza Restaurant and Jewels On Hunter to chat about why they set up shop during this time of unprecedented change, and what they look forward to from a revitalised Newcastle.
This is my Newcastle - Hit 106.9 Breakfast Crew
When you move to a new city it can take a while to get your bearings. Luckily Jess, newest member of the Hit106.9 Newcastle breakfast crew, has co-hosts Nick and Simon to show her around! Join them as they explore Newcastle city centre and its unique offerings.
Thanks to these great city centre businesses for their involvement -
The Press Book House
The Lincoln Room
This is my Newcastle - Dave Robertson from Newy Parkrun
As founder of Newy Parkrun, it's no surprise that Dave Robertson likes to keep fit and active around Newcastle. Join him for a run as he shows off the places he loves in a city which is on the move.
This is my Newcastle - Gemma and Karla from Hunt and Gather Events
Gemma and Karla from Hunt&Gather Events know Newcastle. Join them as they show off some of their favourite places in a city centre that is still open for business.
The Easter Egg-Stravaganza was a hit! Thanks to the 4000+ people who turned up to catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny and take part in the treasure hunt, and more importantly for supporting local businesses in the city centre while you were there.
A huge thanks goes to Penny's Ponies & Pets, Sugarpop Parties, 1029 KOFM, The Jolly Pirates, The Little Scallywagz, Click Tag Print, and Stretched Stiltwalkers for their involvement in the event
In December 2017 we hosted a range of free Christmas events in Newcastle city centre including a giant Christmas tree in Wheeler Place, Wheeler Place Wonderland, Aussie beach-style Santa photos in Hunter Street Mall, an a-maze-ing Christmas Tree maze on Newcastle Museum Lawn, and Christmas story time and Santa treasure hunts at the museum.