Service and infrastructure initiatives for Greater Newcastle

This section summarises the policy, service and infrastructure initiatives to support the customer outcomes, and includes initiatives that the NSW Government has committed for delivery in the next 10 years. There are also initiatives identified for investigation in the next 10 and 20 years and visionary initiatives beyond 20 years that will be subject to strategic business cases.

Initiatives to support the customer outcomes

We will investigate a range of initiatives to support the customer outcomes extending across the 40 year timeframe of Future Transport 2056, including policy, service and infrastructure improvements. These include initiatives that the NSW Government has committed to (over the next 10 years), initiatives for investigation for potential commitment or implementation in the 0-10 year and 10-20 year timeframes and visionary initiatives that may be investigated within the next 10 years but on preliminary evidence are likely to require implementation in the 20+ year timeframe. The initiatives align with the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038. Further investigation of all initiatives will be undertaken within the next 10 years to ensure any major impacts in growth patterns or use are considered.

A flexible, agile investment approach

A strategic investment prioritisation evaluation was undertaken for each proposed
initiative, considering:

  • How initiatives would serve customer needs and place-based visions over 40 years
  • Multimodal corridor planning and the evolution of places, applying movement and place planning principles
  • How well initiatives would meet future customer needs, against a range of likely scenarios, including technological and other disruptive events
  • Benefits, alignment to the strategic objectives of the Regional Plans, and their ability to deliver on service outcomes
  • The (high level) timeframe for project need, linked to interdependencies with other initiatives.

Our investment approach is designed to be flexible, responding to change and uncertainty. The timeframes are indicative, based on preliminary evidence, of when potentially these initiatives may be need to be implemented or committed.

Further investigation of all initiatives will be undertaken within the next 10 years to ensure any major impacts in growth patterns or use are considered.

Categorisation of initiatives

Committed initiatives (0–10yrs)

Initiatives that either have committed funding, are committed/ contractually committed, are for immediate detailed planning, or are part of key maintenance, renewal or safety programs.

Initiatives for investigation (0–10, 10–20yrs)

Initiatives intended to be investigated for potential commitment or implementation within the next 20 years. Those listed in 0-10 horizon will be prioritised for more detailed investigation to determine if they are required in the next 20 years.

Visionary initiatives (20+ years)

Longer term initiatives that may be investigated within the next 10 years, but are unlikely to require implementation within 20 years.

Greater Newcastle initiatives

Greater Newcastle initiatives

Key

Committed 0–10 years
Initiatives for investigation 0–10 years
Initiatives for investigation 10–20 years
Visionary initiatives 20+ years

Initiatives

  1. New Intercity Fleet
  2. Nelson Bay Road improvements – Fern Bay to Williamtown
  3. Newcastle Cruise Terminal
  4. Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge
  5. Hunter Pinch Points
  6. Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond
  7. M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace upgrades
  8. Newcastle Light Rail
  9. Lower Hunter Freight Corridor Protection
  10. Road Network Strategies
  11. Freight corridor protection
  12. Newcastle Light Rail network extension
  13. Greater Newcastle Rapid Bus Package
  14. Bus headstart for Greater Newcastle
  15. Greater Newcastle Place Plans
  16. Improvements to Newcastle port
  17. Nelson Bay Road improvements – Williamtown to Bobs Farm
  18. Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle Faster Rail improvement
  19. Great Dividing Range long term solution study
  20. Great Dividing Range long term solution corridor preservation
  21. Travel demand management policies and tools
  22. Cycling improvements
  23. Parking guidelines
  24. Last mile freight delivery
  25. Technology-enhanced Mobility Implementation Strategy
  26. On demand services
  27. M1 – Newcastle SMART Motorway
  28. Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections
  29. Newcastle Ferry Network extension
  30. Lower Hunter Freight Corridor
  31. Tomago Road improvements – Pacific Highway to Williamtown
  32. Outer Metro Roads Program
  33. Dubbo to Newcastle rail connection
  34. New suburban type rail service for Greater Newcastle
  35. Electrification of the Hunter Line to Telarah
  36. New rail alignment of North Coast Line between Newcastle and Stroud Road – investigation corridor
  37. Cessnock to Newcastle rail services via Kurri Kurri
  38. Higher Speed Connections (east coast)
  39. Delivery of Great Dividing Range long term solution

Committed initiatives (0-10yrs):

InitiativeDescriptionRelevant customer outcome
New Intercity Fleet

A new fleet of long distance, intercity trains from Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast. Key benefits include:

  • a two by two seat layout, wider seats with arm rests and more space
  • charging stations for each seat, digital screens, air conditioning, CCTV and passenger intercoms
  • dedicated space for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs, plus accessible toilets

The first of the double deck trains will be delivered in 2019.

2, 4, 9, 10
Nelson Bay Road improvements – Fern Bay to WilliamtownThis project includes planning for duplication of the section of Nelson Bay Rd from Fern Bay to Williamtown. It is expected that the project will be delivered in stages to ultimately provide a duplicated carriage way to the Newcastle Airport at Williamtown.5, 6, 7, 10
Newcastle Cruise TerminalA new multi-purpose cruise ship terminal at Channel Berth.5, 6
Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton BridgeCompletion of a second bridge and duplication of Cormorant Road from Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge. This project is near completion.5, 6, 7, 10
Hunter Pinch Points

This program includes several projects developed from the Inner Newcastle Traffic Study. Projects currently under development include:

  • Northcott and Kahibah Road intersection upgrades
  • Werribi and Tourle Street intersection upgrades

Other projects form the Inner Newcastle Traffic Study will be progressed as funding permits.

5, 6, 7, 10
Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond3.4 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 2019.5, 6, 7, 10
M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace upgradesUpgrades 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.5, 6, 7, 10
Newcastle Light RailA high capacity, frequent service through the Newcastle city centre with six stops at Wickham, Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown Street, Market Street and Pacific Park.3, 4, 5, 9, 10
Lower Hunter Freight Corridor ProtectionA future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links.3, 7, 10
Road Network StrategiesRMS will continue to work with local Councils in the preparation of Road Network Strategies. These Strategies will inform the development of longer term priorities for the Hunter State road network.5, 6, 7, 10

Initiatives for investigation (0-10yrs):

InitiativeDescriptionRelevant customer outcome
Freight corridor protectionContinue to protect key freight connections from incompatible development to support their role as key freight corridors.6, 7, 10
Newcastle Light Rail network extensionExtension of the Newcastle Light Rail network and corridor preservation.3, 4, 5, 9, 10
Greater Newcastle Rapid Bus PackageImplementation of programs to improve bus journey speed and reliability within Greater Newcastle. RMS and TfNSW are currently working with Newcastle Transport to identify bus priority schemes to be delivered on the network.3, 4, 5, 9
Bus headstart for Greater NewcastleEarly introduction of bus services on road networks that are designed for buses to serve housing release areas and connect them to key destinations.3, 4, 5, 10
Greater Newcastle Place Plans

Plan and deliver an integrated transport network to improve access to/ from/within key precincts within Greater Newcastle by all modes. It is the application of the movement and place framework to improve the function of transport corridors to enhance the amenity of places. It includes the development of an active transport network including identification of bicycle parking and initiatives for behaviour change to support more sustainable travel options. This includes travel demand management policies and tools to support changes to operational practices to positively influence travel behaviour change.

Key precincts in Greater Newcastle include the DPE’s identified catalyst areas and strategic centres as well as major travel generators such as the University of Newcastle, major hospitals, shopping centres and the Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

They will be undertaken in consultation with key stakeholders such as local government and other Government agencies.

3, 4, 5
Improvements to Newcastle portSupport the growth and diversification of port export operations, including bulk fuels, containers, agricultural commodities and general cargo.5
Nelson Bay Road improvements – Williamtown to Bobs FarmUpgrade Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and the Tomaree Peninsula, including safety measures.5
Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle Faster Rail improvementA program of fleet and targeted fixed infrastructure improvements (for example, new deviations to eliminate curvatures and flatten grades). This could include a new rail crossing of the Hawkesbury River.5, 10
Great Dividing Range long term solution studyA strategic examination of options to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range from inland areas to Newcastle/ Sydney/Wollongong.4, 6, 10
Great Dividing Range long term solution corridor preservationCorridor preservation to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/ Wollongong.4, 6, 10
Travel demand management policies and toolsIn addition to those included as part of the Place Plan work, the development of travel demand management tools and policies to support behaviour change as well as support activities that generate demand at particular periods such as during events and holiday periods.2, 10
Cycling improvementsInvestment in the Greater Newcastle Regional Bicycle Network in collaboration with local councils.3, 4, 10
Parking guidelinesDevelop parking guidelines relevant to the Greater Newcastle area, including providing guidance on park and ride, car share, car-pooling and parking provision in centres.4, 5, 9, 10
Last mile freight deliveryWork with Greater Newcastle Councils to develop a plan to optimise last mile freight delivery.2, 6
Technology-enhanced Mobility Implementation Strategy

Development of a Technology-enhanced Mobility Implementation Strategy for Greater Newcastle that addresses:

  • The strategies and actions in the NSW Future Transport Technology Roadmap.
  • Strategies for increasing the sustainability, environmental performance and customer benefits of public and personal transport, including provision for electric vehicle charging and assessing the feasibility of introducing electric buses.
  • The steps required to prepare for connected, automated and electric vehicles, including the public transit system, active transport, parking and the hi-tech manufacturing and technology sectors for automated vehicles.
  • How data will be managed and improved to enable on demand transport services, shared-use and accessible timetable information systems.
  • Opportunities to improve the lifestyle for Greater Newcastle residents by using more public, active and shared transport for more trips.
  • How technology can increase mobility and reduce the need to travel in Greater Newcastle.
2
On demand servicesInvestigate the delivery of on demand services to increase accessibility across Greater Newcastle.1, 10

 

Initiatives for investigation (10-20 years):

InitiativeDescriptionRelevant customer outcome
M1 – Newcastle SMART MotorwayThe M1 Newcastle Smart Motorway project will introduce intelligent technology, known as a motorway management system. This includes variable speed limits, dynamic message signs and – where appropriate – ramp meters to meter traffic flows.2, 5, 7
Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed ConnectionsConfirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.2, 5
Newcastle Ferry Network extensionTo extend ferry services between Stockton and Queens Wharf to Wickham. This will facilitate interchange with heavy rail services. Consideration of an on demand, special events ferry service between the new ferry wharf at Wickham and the Newcastle Cruise Terminal at Channel Berth.5, 10
Lower Hunter Freight CorridorLower Hunter Freight Corridor to enable a future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links.5, 6
Tomago Road improvements – Pacific Highway to WilliamtownUpgrade Tomago Road between the Pacific Highway and Newcastle Airport at Williamtown.5, 10
Outer Metro Roads ProgramProgram to improve the road network in Greater Newcastle.4, 5, 10
Dubbo to Newcastle rail connectionDevelop existing coach connection between Dubbo and Newcastle into a passenger rail line.5, 10

 

Visionary initiatives (20+ years):

InitiativeDescriptionRelevant customer outcome
New suburban type rail service for Greater NewcastleThe development of the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor may result in the potential for suburban rail services to operate within Greater Newcastle. This may include additional services to the existing rail lines.4, 5, 8, 9, 10
Electrification of the Hunter Line to TelarahExtension of the electrified Intercity Rail network to Telarah from Hamilton.5, 10
New rail alignment of North Coast Line between Newcastle and Stroud Road – investigation corridorCreating a more direct rail connection between the Lower Hunter Freight corridor at Hexham to Stroud Road.4
Cessnock to Newcastle rail services via Kurri KurriIntroduction of a passenger rail service between Cessnock and Newcastle.4
Higher Speed Connections (east coast)Deliver a high speed transport connection along the East Coast of NSW (traversing Greater Sydney).2, 5, 6, 9
Delivery of Great Dividing Range long term solutionDelivery of solution to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to improve connectivity from inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong.4, 6, 10

 

Statewide initiatives

In addition to the initiatives listed specific to Greater Newcastle, Chapter 4 of the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan details the infrastructure, policy and service initiatives that apply to all of regional NSW, including Greater Newcastle.

Statewide Service Initiatives

 0-10 years committed0-10 years for investigation10-20 years for investigation20+ years visionary
ALL MODES    
Deliver the Regional Passenger Transport Strategic Framework and Delivery ModelO **
Deliver Hub and Spoke ModelO **
     
AVIATION    
Increase availability of regional slots at Sydney’s airports during peak hoursO **
     
RAIL    
Rail Network Optimisation Program O**
Deliver Regional Rail Fleet ProjectO   
     
ON DEMAND    
Demand reponsive transport servicesO **
     
ACTIVE TRANSPORT    
Active Transport Sharing Scheme O**
     
TECHNOLOGY    
Aerial technology use O**

For further investigation if initiative is successful and/or required

Statewide Policy and Planning Initiatives

 0-10 years committed0-10 years for investigation10-20 years for investigation20+ years visionary
ALL MODES    
Regional Transport Plans O**
Place plans O**
Access Prioritisation Plan O**
Regional Parking Guidelines O**
Transport Corridor PlanningO **
     
ROAD    
Road Classification ReviewO **
Road network management system O**
Fleet leasing policy O**
Fuel vouchers policy O**
Car share package O**
Town bypasses, identification of future need O**
Implementation of traffic incident and information services O**
     
PUBLIC TRANSPORT – BOOKING AND TICKETING    
Regional Booking System O  
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) O  
Next generation ticketing O  
Fare alignment O  
Cross border public transport pricing and regulation MoUs O  
     
RAIL    
Rail Network Optimisation Program O**
Regional Rail Fleet ProjectO   
     
BUS    
Country Passenger Infrastructure Grants SchemeO **
     
ON DEMAND    
School Bus and Community Transport Model development O  
     
PUBLIC TRANSPORT – OTHER    
First stop TransportO **
     
MARITIME    
Maritime Safety Program O**
     
ACTIVE TRANSPORT    
Assisted Mobility Device Strategy O**
     
ASSET MANAGEMENT    
‘Whole of life’ Approach Plan O**
     
TECHNOLOGY    
CAV, electric vehicle and Intelligent Transport System trials O  
CAV Readiness Program O**
Electric Vehicle Policy O**
     
DATA    
Data collection improvements for Regional NSWO **

For further investigation if initiative is successful and/or required

Statewide Policy and Planning Initiatives

 0-10 years committed0-10 years for investigation10-20 years for investigation20+ years visionary
ALL MODES    
Continuation of port efficiency, access and integration initiatives O**
Deliver Place Plans O**
Deliver Access Prioritisation Plan O**
Deliver Transport Corridor PlanningO **
     
ROAD    
Resilience Package O**
Towards Zero Infrastructure Program O**
Local Government Road Safety ProgramO+**
Sealing Country Roads Program O**
Bridges for the Bush ProgramO+**
Slopes and Culverts Condition Program O**
Fixing Country RoadsO+**
Heavy vehicle rest areasO+**
Last Mile Productivity Program O  
Deliver Road Network Management System O**
Safer Roads ProgramO **
Regional Road Freight Corridor FundO+**
Saving Lives on Country Roads ProgramO+**
Implementation of Traffic Incident and Information Services O**
Deliver Town Bypasses O**
     
AVIATION    
Regional Airports ProgramO   
     
RAIL    
Deliver New Intercity FleetO   
Fixing Country RailO+**
Rail Network Optimisation Program O**
Deliver Regional Rail Fleet ProjectO   
     
INTERCHANGES    
Transport Access ProgramO **
Deliver Inland Port O  
     
MARITIME    
Deliver NSW Boating Now ProgramO   
Deliver Maritime Safety Program O**
     
ACTIVE TRANSPORT    
Deliver Walking and Cycling Program O**
     
TECHNOLOGY    
Intelligent Transport Systems O**
Deliver CAV Readiness Program O* 
Deliver Electric Vehicle Policy O**
Deliver Regional Booking System O  

For further investigation if initiative is successful and/or required
+ Continuation of initiative, investigation of program funding