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Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan


The movement of freight through Greater Newcastle is very important to the economic function and development of the Hunter region and New South Wales. As Greater Newcastle grows and densifies, there will be increased pressure on the key road and rail networks transporting this freight. We will continue to protect these corridors from inappropriate development to ensure they can function into the future.

We have also identified a number of connections within Greater Newcastle to reduce the conflict between freight and residential land uses. These include:

  • Lower Hunter Freight Corridor Protection – A future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links
  • Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond – a 3.4 kilometre bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond, to the west of John Hunter Hospital. The project includes new northern and southern interchanges and a western entrance to John Hunter Hospital. A pedestrian bridge is also being constructed over the road to the east of the northern interchange to replace a set of pedestrian signals. The pedestrian bridge is expected to start construction in mid 2019
  • M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace upgrades – upgrades to the strategic network of primary freight routes comprising of the New England Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway through to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace and the strategic junction with the New England Highway and Hexham Straight.

More information on major road projects in the Greater Newcastle and Hunter region is available at The NSW Freight and Ports Plan will detail further the vision for freight across NSW.

Supporting Newcastle Port

Newcastle Port is the economic and trading centre for the Hunter region and northern NSW. It is a critical supply chain interface for the movement of cargo. Non-coal trades include fuel, fertiliser, wheat, mineral concentrates, alumina and project cargo such as wind turbines. Newcastle Port is the State’s primary coal export facility and Australia’s third largest port by trade volume, handling more than 167 million tonnes in 2017.

Regardless of the global future of coal, Newcastle Port will continue to be an important part of NSW’s current and future freight task. With significant underutilised capacity, the Port is planning to diversify and expand its import and export trade base in the long-term. The New Cruise Terminal facilities are expected to commence operating in 2019 and will further support tourism opportunities in the Hunter region.

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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