Underwhelming Newcastle Light Rail Or A Comprehensive Transport Network

Underwhelming Newcastle Light Rail Or A Comprehensive Transport Network

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance

Community To Have Its Say On Next Steps To Revitalise Newcastle City Transport

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales (NSW) Government is moving ahead with plans for a new integrated transport model in Newcastle, as consultation gets underway for light rail to revitalise the CBD and connect Wickham to the beach.


Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance visited Newcastle this morning to announce key initiatives to progress the transformation of the city:

  • Launch of the tender process for Transport for Newcastle, a new model of a locally-based operator to partner with the community to plan and deliver improved transport services, including buses, ferries, light rail and the new Wickham interchange;
  • Start of consultation about the design and construction of light rail, with new planning documents to be released shortly;
  • Appointment of a Newcastle Coordinator General to work with the community and stakeholders on these major projects

Local consultation also begins today on the design and construction of Newcastle’s new light rail system, ahead of the release of a review of environmental factors report in the next few days. Major building work is set to start early next year, with enabling works now underway.

“From today we’ve got teams on the ground door-knocking local businesses and residents to talk about the light rail project, and from Thursday the formal planning documents will be open for public feedback.” Mr. Constance said.

Details unveiled today show light rail will travel from the new interchange at Wickham along the existing rail corridor before moving south into Hunter Street at Worth Place, continuing through the heart of the CBD down Hunter and Scott Streets, and terminating at Pacific Park.

Stops proposed at the new interchange include:

  • Honeysuckle,
  • Civic,
  • Crown Street,
  • Market Street,
  • Pacific Park.

Wickham light rail network will feature fully-accessible, air-conditioned vehicles that can accommodate luggage, prams and surfboards. There will be no need for timetables as services will arrive for customers about every 10 minutes during peak times.

Each vehicle will be able to carry at least 100 customers, providing capacity to move more than 1,200 people per hour during weekdays.

Mr. Constance said the introduction of a world class transport system will change Newcastle working hand in hand with UrbanGrowth NSW’s initiatives to attract jobs, investment, visitors and activity back to the city.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Zycki as the Newcastle Coordinator General to oversee these transformational projects and work closely with the community and stakeholders over the coming years.”

“Anna is an experienced transport professional, and is currently Regional Manager for RMS in the Hunter region. As a Novocastrian, Anna will be a strong local voice and important point of coordination on the ground.”

NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance

NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance








Comprehensive Newcastle Transport Network

Rebuilding Newcastle Heavy Railway Line

Many people from Maitland, Hunter Valley generally, Gosford and Sydney all needs a Railway Line to Newcastle CBD.

Heavy Rail is best for the Newcastle Rail corridor with Light Rail on streets as was the case until June 1950.

Newcastle’s Railway Line can be lowered in the same way that the Andrews Government is doing in Victoria to many railway lines with its Level Crossings Removal Program.

Rebuilt Newcastle Line would emerge to grade level to use the Newcastle CBD Railway Station.

Some people have said that there are old disused mines underneath the Newcastle Rail corridor.

In that case a concrete roof is simply laid over any old disused mines along the Railway corridor. A new underground Railway Line and Stations can then be built safely. This plan enables both Heavy Rail and Light Rail to operate efficiently.

High Speed Rail services to Brisbane will be a catalyst for Railway Revival as Broadmeadow and Maitland will be High Speed Railway Stations.

Newcastle Cross Over Tracks would then dive underground along newly reconstructed Railway Line

Newcastle Cross Over Tracks would then dive underground along newly reconstructed Railway Line









1989 Earthquake

While the 1989 Earthquake did devastate Newcastle, one should look to Japan and how they devise techniques and strategies to overcome earthquake issues in the construction of building foundations.

A new underground Railway Line would be built with similar earthquake proof measures put in place.


Repeal Of Legislation

Repeal of the Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015 will also be passed by Parliament with the reconstruction of the Newcastle Railway Line and construction of the Newcastle Light Rail Lines as proposed by Editor Victor P Taffa.


Newcastle Light Rail As Contained In ISPUT Website

Newcastle Light Rail as put forward in EIS Submissions by Editor Victor P Taffa is far more comprehensive and sensible than the underwhelming idea announced by the New South Wales Government. Further Extensions to Editor Victor P Taffa’s plans are possible.

All Stops in the Plan by Editor Victor P Taffa will contain Island Platform Stops, Pedestrian Right-Of-Way Crossings and Low Floor Light Rail Vehicles.


Costs Of Construction

Cost of construction including Tram Tracks, Overhead Wiring, Light Rail Stops and restoration of roadway to that before construction commenced is $1 Million per kilometre, according to sources from the Sydney Tramway Museum.


6 Light Rail Routes

Editor Victor P Taffa has planned 6 routes with colour coding for easy passenger identification.

Each of the routes commences from the Broadmeadow Tram Depot/Maintenance Centre and is as follows:

Route 1-Yellow (47 Stops)

Route 1-Services the John Hunter and Mater Hospitals, University of Newcastle, Bar and Merewether Beaches via Wharf Road and Shortland Esplanade.

Route 2-Blue (37 Stops)

Route 2-Services both the new and old of Newcastle via Hannell Street and Honeysuckle drive. Worth Place Crossing will reinstate one level crossing that will reunite the City of Newcastle.

Route 3-Orange (33 Stops)

Route 3-Services both Energy Australia Stadium and the No.1 Sports Ground when major sporting fixtures require a large volume of people to be moved quickly Route 3 also extends to Civic Park, Bar Beach and operates close to Hamilton TAFE.

Route 4-Green (32 Stops)

Route 4-Services Energy Australia Stadium, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle Railway Station, Beaches area, Hamilton TAFE and compliments Route 3.

Route 5-Pink (22 Stops)

Route 5-Services the inner parts of Beaumont Street, Beaches areas, Adamstown and the Racecourse.

Route 6-Red (42 Stops)

Route 6-Services both Energy Australia Stadium and the No.1 Sports Ground while connecting with Newcastle Railway Station.


Editor Victor P Taffa will have Light Rail traversing along old Tramway routes. Newcastle had a vast Tramway Network until June 1950.

Newcastle Light Rail as proposed by the New South Wales Government is so underwhelming as to be an embarrassment in Transport Planning.

Newcastle Railway Line began to be dismantled before legislation had passed the Parliament. As such the Newcastle Light Rail plan as proposed by the Government is illegal.