Newcastle Interchange

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Newcastle Interchange
Newcastle Interchange (November 2017).jpg
Stewart Avenue view of the complex in November 2017
Location Station Street, Wickham
Australia
Coordinates 32°55′29″S 151°45′39″E / 32.924753°S 151.760727°E / -32.924753; 151.760727Coordinates: 32°55′29″S 151°45′39″E / 32.924753°S 151.760727°E / -32.924753; 151.760727
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) Newcastle
Distance 165.60 kilometres from Central
Platforms 3 (1 side, 1 island)
Tracks 3
Connections TfNSW T.svg TfNSW B.svg (TfNSW L.svg commences 2019)
Construction
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Website Transport for NSW
History
Opened 15 October 2017
Electrified Yes
Previous names Wickham Transport Interchange
Services
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Central
Central Coast & Newcastle LineTerminus
towards Dungog or Scone
Hunter LineTerminus
Newcastle Light Rail
TerminusNewcastle Light Rail
toward Pacific Park
Location
Map of the inner suburbs of Newcastle, New South Wales
Map of the inner suburbs of Newcastle, New South Wales
Newcastle Interchange
Location within Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle Interchange is a transport interchange situated in the Australian city of Newcastle, New South Wales. It serves as the termini for NSW TrainLink's Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line train services, Newcastle Light Rail services and Newcastle Transport bus routes.

Located in the inner Newcastle suburb of Wickham, it is to the west of the former Wickham station. The railway station opened 15 October 2017 with light rail services due to commence in 2019.

History[edit]

As part of its plans to revitalise the Newcastle central business district, the Newcastle railway line was closed east of Hamilton on 25 December 2014 to allow construction of the Newcastle Light Rail line.[1][2][3] Included in the project was a transport interchange.[4][3][5]

The design for the new interchange was released by Transport for New South Wales in July 2015.[6] Originally to be named Wickham Transport Interchange, in December 2015 Transport for NSW lodged a proposal with the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales to have the station name changed to Newcastle Interchange.[7][8] This was confirmed in December 2016.[9][10]

Construction commenced in May 2016 after being delayed by a legal challenge to the line's closure.[11] The railway station was opened on 15 October 2017 by Transport Minister Andrew Constance.[12][13] Light-rail services are scheduled to commence in 2019.

A World War I honour roll was placed at the end of platform 1. Originally installed at Wickham Superior Public School, it was donated to the Newcastle Museum after the school had to be demolished following the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.[14]

Services[edit]

Train[edit]

Newcastle Interchange is serviced by NSW TrainLink Central Coast & Newcastle Line services to and from Sydney Central[15] and Hunter Line services to and from Maitland, Muswellbrook, Scone, Telarah and Dungog.[16]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Wyong, Gosford & Sydney Central [15]
services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone[16]
2 services to Gosford & Sydney Central [15]
services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone[16]
3 services to Gosford & Sydney Central [15]
services to Maitland, Telarah, Dungog, Muswellbrook & Scone[16]

Bus[edit]

Newcastle Transport operates five routes to and from Newcastle Interchange:

  • 22: Newcastle Interchange to Charlestown via Merewether & Highfields[17]
  • 23: Newcastle Interchange to Wallsend via Lambton[18]
  • 24: Marketown to Wallsend via Newcastle Interchange, Mayfield & Waratah[19]
  • 26: Newcastle Interchange to Wallsend via Kotara & John Hunter Hospital[20]
  • 28: Newcastle Interchange to Mount Hutton via Broadmeadow, Adamstown & Kotara[21]

In September 2015, the former Newcastle & Suburban Co-Operative store building adjacent to the transport interchange was purchased as the site for a proposed bus interchange.[22] Construction commenced in late 2017.[23][24][25]

Light rail[edit]

Newcastle Light Rail services will operate through the Newcastle central business district to Pacific Park.[26][27][28][29]

Track Layout[edit]

Track layout
Towards Hamilton
2
1
3
Stewart Avenue
Newcastle Light Rail

References[edit]

  1. ^ Last train leaves Newcastle station Newcastle Herald 26 December 2014
  2. ^ Wickham Transport Interchange Archived 25 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Transport for NSW July 2014
  3. ^ a b Revitalisation of Newcastle CBD continues as Wickham interchange gets the green light Transport for NSW 14 November 2014
  4. ^ Wickham Transport Interchange Transport for NSW July 2014
  5. ^ Wickham Transport Interchange Transport for NSW
  6. ^ Revitalising Newcastle: Design revealed for Wickham transport interchange Transport for NSW
  7. ^ Proposal to assign a Newcastle station name Geographical Names Board of New South Wales 11 December 2015
  8. ^ Newcastle Interchange name proposed for new Wickham station ABC News 12 December 2015
  9. ^ "New transport hub to don the name 'Newcastle Interchange' | Transport for NSW - Corporate". www.transport.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  10. ^ New Wickham Interchange officially named Newcastle Interchange Newcastle Herald 22 December 2016
  11. ^ Improving infrastructure at Wickham Revitalising Newcastle
  12. ^ Timetable changes Central Coast & Newcastle Line and Hunter Line Transport for New South Wales 1 October 2017
  13. ^ Glorious day: Newcastle Interchange at Wickham opens Newcastle Herald 15 October 2017
  14. ^ Interchange to feature a piece of local history NBN Television 16 October 2017
  15. ^ a b c d "Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable". Transport for NSW. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Hunter line timetable". Transport for NSW. 
  17. ^ "Newcastle Transport route 22". Transport for NSW. 
  18. ^ "Newcastle Transport route 23". Transport for NSW. 
  19. ^ "Newcastle Transport route 24". Transport for NSW. 
  20. ^ "Newcastle Transport route 26". Transport for NSW. 
  21. ^ "Newcastle Transport route 28". Transport for NSW. 
  22. ^ Sky's the limit for super Store: state buys site adjacent to interchange Newcastle Herald 29 September 2015
  23. ^ Newcastle Bus Interchange: Review of Environmental Factors Revitalising Newcastle July 2017
  24. ^ Old Newcastle Store Building to go for bus interchange NBN Television 24 July 2017
  25. ^ RET paper out for proposed Newcastle bus interchange Rail Express 31 July 2017
  26. ^ Newcastle Light Rail Announced Transport for NSW 23 May 2014
  27. ^ Light rail route for city finally unveiled ABC News 23 May 2014
  28. ^ Light rail decision draws mixed reactions Newcastle Herald 23 May 2014
  29. ^ Map Fairfax Regional

External links[edit]

Media related to Newcastle Interchange at Wikimedia Commons