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Greater Newcastle initiatives

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

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):

Initiative Description Relevant 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 Williamtown This 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 Terminal A new multi-purpose cruise ship terminal at Channel Berth. 5, 6
Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge Completion 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 Jesmond 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. 5, 6, 7, 10
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. 5, 6, 7, 10
Newcastle Light Rail A 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 Protection A 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 Strategies RMS 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):

Initiative Description Relevant customer outcome
Freight corridor protection Continue to protect key freight connections from incompatible development to support their role as key freight corridors. 6, 7, 10
Newcastle Light Rail network extension Extension of the Newcastle Light Rail network and corridor preservation. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10
Greater Newcastle Rapid Bus Package Implementation 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 Newcastle Early 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 port Support 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 Farm Upgrade Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and the Tomaree Peninsula, including safety measures. 5
Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle Faster Rail improvement A 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 study A 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 preservation Corridor 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 tools In 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 improvements Investment in the Greater Newcastle Regional Bicycle Network in collaboration with local councils. 3, 4, 10
Parking guidelines Develop 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 delivery Work 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 services Investigate the delivery of on demand services to increase accessibility across Greater Newcastle. 1, 10

 

Initiatives for investigation (10-20 years):

Initiative Description Relevant customer outcome
M1 – Newcastle SMART Motorway The 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 Connections Confirm 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 extension To 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 Corridor Lower 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 Williamtown Upgrade Tomago Road between the Pacific Highway and Newcastle Airport at Williamtown. 5, 10
Outer Metro Roads Program Program to improve the road network in Greater Newcastle. 4, 5, 10
Dubbo to Newcastle rail connection Develop existing coach connection between Dubbo and Newcastle into a passenger rail line. 5, 10

 

Visionary initiatives (20+ years):

Initiative Description Relevant customer outcome
New suburban type rail service for Greater Newcastle The 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 Telarah Extension 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 corridor Creating a more direct rail connection between the Lower Hunter Freight corridor at Hexham to Stroud Road. 4
Cessnock to Newcastle rail services via Kurri Kurri Introduction 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 solution Delivery 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

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