Newcastle Transport

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Newcastle Transport
Newcastle Transport.svg
OwnerTransport for NSW
Lake Macquarie
Transit typeBus, ferry, light rail
Began operation1 July 2017
Operator(s)Keolis Downer
Number of vehicles189 buses, 2 ferries

Newcastle Transport is a transport company in Newcastle, New South Wales. It commenced operating the bus and ferry services formerly operated by Newcastle Buses & Ferries on 1 July 2017 under a ten-year contract. It also commenced operating the Newcastle Light Rail when it opened in February 2019.


Custom Coaches bodied Volvo B12BLE in July 2017

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]

Bus services[edit]

In January 2018, the bus route network was completely redesigned with the number of routes reduced from 27 to 21.[7][8].

As of February 2019, Newcastle Transport operates a fleet of 189 BCI, MAN, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo buses.[9][self-published source?]

Newcastle Transport operates out of depots in Belmont and Hamilton.

Ferry services[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 services[edit]

Newcastle Transport operates the Newcastle Light Rail between Newcastle Interchange and Newcastle Beach station in Newcastle East. The light rail opened in February 2019.[10][11]

On Demand bus service[edit]

In 2018 Newcastle Transport began trialing an On Demand bus service[12] within the Lake Macquarie area, servicing the suburbs of Dudley, Mount Hutton and Warners Bay.[13]


  1. ^ Building tomorrows Newcastle: A New Approach to Transport Transport NSW 5 November 2015
  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 iso Transit Systems 26 February 2016
  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 Contract Keolis Downer 12 December 2016
  7. ^ Newcastle timetables to change Transport for New South Wales 1 December 2017
  8. ^ Transport changes Newcastle Transport
  9. ^ Newcastle Transport Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  10. ^ It's a date - free community open day for Newcastle Light Rail on 17 February Transport for NSW 31 January 2019
  11. ^ Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019
  12. ^ "Newcastle Transport Launches on Demand Service". Newcastle Transport. 29 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Newcastle Transport On Demand Information". Newcastle Transport. 18 February 2019.