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 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 was 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
- pedestrian footbridge fitted with lifts on Railway Street Wickham to allow foot traffic over the rail corridor
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.