What we are doing Newcastle Interchange
Newcastle Interchange opened on Sunday 15 October 2017.
Newcastle Interchange is a new, fully accessible, multi-modal transport interchange located at Wickham, west of Stewart Avenue. It is the new major transport hub for the city and the Hunter, linking trains, buses, taxis, kiss and ride facilities, and from early 2019, Newcastle Light Rail.
As the gateway to the city centre, it is now the final stop for customers travelling to Newcastle by train on the Central Coast and Newcastle, and Hunter lines. Wickham was chosen as the interchange location due to its potential to trigger development and economic growth in what has been identified as the city’s future CBD.
About the project
Work on the interchange started in 2014 and it has been delivered as part of a $200 million project including:
- truncation of the former heavy rail line
- removal of level crossing at Stewart Avenue
- new train stabling facility and noise wall at Hamilton
- signalling and trackwork
- a new pedestrian footbridge over the rail corridor at Railway Street.
This project is a major component of the $650 million-plus Revitalising Newcastle program, a multi-agency NSW Government program tasked with delivering a suite of transport and urban transformation projects within the Newcastle city centre.
- fully accessible interchange, with easy transfers between transport modes
- undercover bicycle storage for 24 bicycles
- two wide electronic ticket gates for pram, wheelchair and bicycle access
- new customer toilets
- weather protection canopies on platforms, the concourse and on Station Street
- The Foodary offering Opal top-ups as well as coffee and fresh, healthy food for people on the go
- kiss and ride bay on Station Street
- shuttle (110) bus stop on Stewart Avenue
- pedestrian footbridge fitted with lifts on Railway Street Wickham to allow foot traffic over the rail corridor
Changes to shuttle bus service (110)
The route for the temporary shuttle bus service (110) from Hamilton Station to Newcastle Station has changed to enable buses to pick-up and drop-off customers on Stewart Avenue, directly in front of the interchange. View the route map and stop locations here.
From the interchange, the 110 will continue along Hannell Street before turning into Honeysuckle Drive and continuing along Wharf Road to Customs House. There will be stops on Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, Watt Street and King Street.
Newcastle Light Rail
Construction is underway for Newcastle Light Rail. The light rail network will feature fully accessible, air-conditioned vehicles that can accommodate luggage, prams and surfboards.
Light rail services will run between 5am and midnight, seven days a week. Each vehicle will be able to carry at least 100 customers, providing capacity to move more than 1200 people per hour during weekdays. Read more about Newcastle Light Rail here.
The Store site
In April 2017 the NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced the government will market test plans for a bus and coach interchange and employment hub on the Store site.
The government’s vision is for the Interchange to be a fully integrated transport destination that underpins the shift of the CBD towards Newcastle’s west end.