Labor’s transport package to revitalise Newcastle CBD and the Hunter for the future

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Under a Labor Government, Newcastle will be transformed with a revitalisation and transport package to support the additional 35,000 people anticipated to work, learn, and live in the Newcastle CBD including keeping critical infrastructure like the Newcastle Rail Line. 

As part of Labor’s Plan for the Revitalisation of Newcastle, we will:

  • Transform Hunter Street and the rail corridor through a revitalisation and beautification program;

  • Fix road congestion in Newcastle CBD with more efficient train stabling and rail signalling at crossings;

  • Keep the Newcastle rail line intact and operational;

  • Improve access points connecting the Newcastle CBD and the harbour foreshore through new vehicle

    and pedestrian crossings;

  • Expand the hours of operation of free bus zone services;

  • Improve train stations with easy-access upgrades;

  • Build a world-class Newcastle Convention & Exhibition Centre and iconic SkyBridge; and

  • Redevelop the Newcastle Art Gallery.

    NSW Labor Leader John Robertson said the revitalisation and transport package was the key component in Labor’s plan for the revitalisation of Newcastle that would unlock the full potential of NSW’s second largest city.

    “Labor’s vision for the transformation of the rail corridor and Hunter Street builds on the hard work of previous generations of Novocastrians,” Mr Robertson said.

    “We will use every dollar of the $750 million investment fund to build new infrastructure and improve existing roads and rail.

    The last thing we should be doing is spending millions ripping up critical rail infrastructure in Newcastle especially with 35,000 more people expected to be living in the area within 20 years.

    “This plan shows that by investing in new projects, you can keep the critical rail line and revitalise the CBD. Unlike the lazy solution from the Liberals this is a positive plan that will see the CBD connect with the harbour foreshore.”

    Shadow Minister for Transport Penny Sharpe said: “An expanded and integrated public transport network will be an important part of Newcastle’s dynamic future.

“Across the world we are seeing cities investing in better public transport and that should be the future for Newcastle as well with improved train and bus services and a streetscape that encourages cycling and walking within the CBD.

“Keeping the Newcastle rail line intact and operational is the common sense decision for the future of transport into the Newcastle CBD.

“Investing in new stabling facilities at Hamilton and an upgrade of rail signalling along the Newcastle rail line will result in level crossings opened for longer periods and shorter waiting times when trains are crossing.

A feasibility study into a bypass for the Stewart Avenue level crossing is part of the long term plan to improve north-south road travel.

“Instead of wasting $340 million tearing up a perfectly good rail line which the Liberals want to do, Labor will instead invest that money in additional infrastructure for Newcastle and the beautification of the rail corridor with new crossings for vehicles and pedestrians to access the harbour foreshore.

Shadow Minister for the Hunter Sonia Hornery said: “Labor’s revitalisation and transport package builds on the earlier announcements including a world-class convention and exhibition centre for Newcastle.

“What we are seeing is an exciting forward-looking vision for Newcastle which fills in the missing pieces like a world-class convention centre with a stronger public transport system and vibrant retail and commercial offering through Hunter Street and the Mall.”

Labor Candidate for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said: “Labor’s plan for improved public transport and a dynamic Newcastle CBD are the result of us listening to the community and developing a strategy that reflects what we want our beautiful city to look like in coming years.

“The law courts and the expansion of the University of Newcastle will see a massive influx of people into the heart of Newcastle that represents a tremendous opportunity for our city to transform itself but only if we have the infrastructure to get these visitors and new residents efficiently and quickly around Newcastle.

“A beautification program for the rail corridor with enhanced access to the harbour foreshore means we can have our cake and eat it too keeping the trains running into Newcastle while dramatically improving the presence of the surrounding area.” 

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    • Roger Boyd
      commented 2014-10-25 09:17:37 +1100
      “Keep the Newcastle rail line intact and operational” Before you get my vote I need to know how this will be achieved?