The Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan is an evidence based plan that has identified key transport policy, service and infrastructure initiatives for investigation within the Global Gateway City of Greater Newcastle, comprising the five local government areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens.
The Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan provides the overarching strategic transport network and vision that will guide future transport planning for the Greater Newcastle area.
The Plan builds on the platform being established to increase liveability in Greater Newcastle through more sustainable travel behaviour.
Newcastle Light Rail has been a transformative infrastructure project, triggering increased investment and urban renewal of the city centre. This has seen the development of University of Newcastle NeW Space, a landmark education precinct, Newcastle Interchange, Newcastle Courthouse upgrades as well as new businesses entering the city centre, supporting jobs in the region.
These city centre investments have flow on benefits across Greater Newcastle and the broader Global Gateway City catchment. The coming years will see investment in the New Cruise Terminal, the Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct and new road projects, such as, the completion of the Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond which will support better access across Greater Newcastle and to the John Hunter Hospital Health Precinct. Newcastle Airport is expecting strong passenger growth, attracting increased business travellers, visitors and tourists to the region.
In addition to Light Rail, other improvements to public transport will support these changes with planning underway for the New Intercity and Regional Rail Fleets. The recent introduction of Newcastle Transport has led to more frequent bus and ferry services as well as trials of on demand buses within the metro heart and metro core. This new servicing model could be expanded across the rest of Greater Newcastle and beyond.
The Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan (PDF, 35.99 MB) is available in WCAG compliant downloadable PDF format.