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Customer Outcome 5: Responding to changes in land use, population and demand

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Customer Outcome 5: Responding to changes in land use, population and demand

Changes in land use, population and demand, including seasonal changes, are served by the transport system

Over the next 40 years, forecasts show that Greater Newcastle’s population will primarily increase in greenfield development sites along the New England Highway corridor as well as in areas like Morisset-Cooranbong, Nelson Bay Peninsula, Raymond Terrace and Williamtown-Medowie-Karuah. Population within the Newcastle city centre will also increase.

Areas within 10km of the Newcastle city centre will increasingly densify. The urban renewal of the Newcastle city centre, including the University of Newcastle NewSpace campus and other corridors will generate additional demand.

We need to provide a transport network that supports these changing land uses, matching services, span of hours and frequencies to demand. Public and active transport infrastructure and service changes should be put in place before people move into new developments to support sustainable travel behaviour and provide viable transport choices.

We also need to support other activities that generate increased travel demand and changed travel patterns.

These include:

  • Growth and change in freight and logistics operations, emergence of new industries and businesses and investment in major infrastructure. Examples of economic and infrastructure changes include the redevelopment of former industrial sites for newly emerging services and creative industries as well as housing
  • Recreational events such as sporting matches, festivals and concerts that generate travel from within and outside Greater Newcastle. The Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct redevelopment will continue to see increased demand for travel. This could mean the introduction of special event services, park and ride options or integrated public transport ticketing for events.
  • Tourism demand across Greater Newcastle, including the New Cruise Terminal.

Special event services

Across Greater Newcastle special event transport services are available to support increasing demand for travel to events.

Since November 2017 Newcastle City Council, in collaboration with McDonald Jones Stadium, have implemented a weekday park and ride service between Broadmeadow and the Newcastle city centre. To support increased demand for travel into the city centre for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the park and ride service was provided free on December 31, 2017. Likewise, free services were provided to support people travelling to the Nobbys Beach dawn service on Anzac Day in 2018.

To enable over 30,000 people to travel to and from the recent Hyundai A-League Grand Final at McDonald Jones Stadium, extra public transport services were implemented across Greater Newcastle. Extra train, ferry and bus services as well as park and ride services from Newcastle city centre, Wallsend and Kotara and shuttles from Newcastle Airport and Newcastle Interchange were implemented. These services could be further enhanced with the introduction of integrated public transport ticketing for major events.

Private operators also provide shuttle services to connect people across Greater Newcastle, including visitors staying in the Hunter Valley, and to special events such as festivals and concerts. They also provide tourist services to the vineyards and wineries.

 

Adopting an agile planning approach

If transport services and infrastructure are to be truly responsive to changing land use population and travel demand, the approach to planning transport has to be equally responsive to uncertainty and change. Adopting an agile approach to planning can help prepare for growth and change by identifying the needs or performance ‘triggers’ for deploying service changes in the short term and major infrastructure construction and repurposing in the longer term. Using an agile approach also means involving customers, stakeholders and communities in the development of a range of options and design for service and infrastructure investments.

Revitalising Newcastle

The NSW Government is investing more than $650 million in the Revitalising Newcastle program to transform the city centre by strengthening connections between the city and waterfront, creating job opportunities, roviding new housing and delivering attractive public spaces connected to better transport.

The investment responds to the transition of the former heavy rail ‘movement corridor’ to an urban environment with a high ‘place’ value. An example is the transition of the former rail corridor at the Entertainment Precinct by Queens Wharf to a vibrant street.

The Revitalising Newcastle program includes:

  • the completed Newcastle Interchange, a new multi-modal transport
  • interchange at Wickham in the city’s west
  • wire-free light rail between Newcastle Interchange and Pacific Park, just
  • 200 metres from Newcastle Beach, reinvigorating Hunter and Scott Streets
  • revitalised land to provide education and affordable housing, mixed use
  • development, job opportunities, tourist attractions and public open space,
  • including the Market Street Lawn.

Revitalising Newcastle is a key multi-agency initiative coordinated by the Hunter Development Corporation. We are working closely with the Hunter Development Corporation on delivering the objectives of Revitalising
Newcastle:

  • Bring people back to the city centre
  • Connect the city to its waterfront
  • Preserve and enhance the unique heritage
  • Help grow new jobs in the city centre
  • Create great places linked to new transport
  • Create economically sustainable public domain and community assets.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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