Newcastle Transport

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Newcastle Transport.svg
ParentKeolis Downer
Commenced operation1 July 2017
HeadquartersHamilton, New South Wales
Service areaNewcastle
Lake Macquarie
Service typeBus, ferry, light rail
Chief executiveCampbell Mason
Websitewww.newcastletransport.info

Newcastle Transport is a public transport operator in Newcastle, New South Wales. A subsidiary of Keolis Downer, it operates bus, ferry and light rail services under contract to Transport for NSW.

History and operations[edit]

Standard icons used to identify different forms of public transport
Bus
Ferry
Light-rail

In November 2015, the Government of New South Wales announced its intention to contract out the operation of Newcastle Buses & Ferries services to the private sector.[1][2] Keolis Downer and a Transit Systems/UGL Rail consortium announced their intentions to bid.[3][4] In December 2016, a ten-year contract was awarded to Keolis Downer effective from 1 July 2017.[5][6]

Ticketing[edit]

All public transport services under Newcastle Transport utilise the Opal ticketing system.

Services[edit]

Bus[edit]

In January 2018, the bus route network was completely redesigned with the number of routes reduced from 27 to 21.[7][8] In the same year, Newcastle Transport began trialling an on-demand bus service[9] within the Lake Macquarie area, servicing the suburbs of Dudley, Mount Hutton and Warners Bay.[10]

Newcastle Transport commenced operations with a fleet of 172 MAN, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo buses.[11] Buses are operated out of depots in Belmont and Hamilton.

Ferry[edit]

Newcastle Transport operates a passenger ferry service that takes five minutes to cross the Hunter River between Queens Wharf and Stockton. The 1986 built ferries are MV Hunter and MV Shortland.

Light rail[edit]

Newcastle Transport operates the Newcastle Light Rail between Newcastle Interchange and Newcastle Beach station in Newcastle East with six CAF Urbos 3 trams. The light rail opened in February 2019.[12][13]

Custom Coaches bodied Volvo B12BLE in July 2017
MV Shortland approaching Queens Wharf

References[edit]

  1. ^ Building tomorrows Newcastle: A New Approach to TransportTransport NSW 5 November 2015 Archived 16 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Transport for Newcastle: private operator to integrate city’s public transport ABC News 5 November 2015
  3. ^ Keolis Downer eyes acquisitions ahead of Newcastle public transport bid Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 2015
  4. ^ Transit Systems and UGL announce intention to jointly bid for Newcastle isoTransit Systems 26 February 2016 Archived 11 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Keolis Downer awarded contract to run light rail, buses and ferries says Baird government Newcastle Herald 12 December 2016
  6. ^ Keolis Downer awarded Newcastle Transport ContractKeolis Downer 12 December 2016 Archived 10 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Newcastle timetables to changeTransport for New South Wales 1 December 2017 Archived 12 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Transport changesNewcastle Transport Archived 12 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Newcastle Transport Launches on Demand Service". Newcastle Transport. 29 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Newcastle Transport On Demand Information". Newcastle Transport. 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ Newcastle: all change Australian Bus issue 83 September 2017 page 12
  12. ^ It's a date – free community open day for Newcastle Light Rail on 17 February Transport for NSW 31 January 2019
  13. ^ Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019