Newcastle Light Rail Study Begins

Filed under News, Transport ~ by Press on  11 Aug 2013

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian released key tenders and the appointment of a project director to study Newcastle light rail.

The first tender covers crucial activity to explore options for where light rail should travel and how it will support the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD,” Ms Berejiklian said.

It will also explore options for future connections to link the CBD with surrounding suburbs, beaches and the broader Hunter region.”

A second tender will study how people travel around Newcastle – car, bus, rail, ferry, walking or cycling – and to where. It aims to understand the affects of alternative light rail solutions on how people will travel around the city, particularly as Newcastle continues to grow.

Design engineer and project director Jason Rogers was appointed to lead a Newcastle light rail team within Transport for NSW.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said the 2013-14 State Budget foreshadowed a contribution of $340 million towards the revitalisation of Newcastle from the proceeds of a long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle.

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