Newcastle Transport


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Newcastle Transport

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Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

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ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Other transport
TYPE: Greenfield

The New South Wales Government is contracting a single operator to plan and run Newcastle's light rail (currently under construction), bus and ferry services, as well as associated transport interchanges. The integrated delivery model, termed Newcastle Transport, represents a fundamental shift from the current approach to the city's transport service provision, which sees different modes operated by multiple operators. The operator will have responsibility for:

- Bus services in outer Sydney metropolitan bus system contract region 5, currently operated by State Transit;
- Ferry services operating between Stockton Wharf and Queens Wharf Newcastle, currently operated by State Transit; and
- Light rail services following completion of the light rail line (expected in 2019).

It will also have responsibility for the new transport interchange at Wickham.

In December 2016, Keolis Downer was announced as the successful bidder for Newcastle Transport. Under the ten year contract, valued at approximately $450 million, the government sets minimum service standards and key performance indicators, and the operator has a level of autonomy to plan and run services. The contract also includes financial incentives for Keolis Downer to grow patronage.
The contract will feature service improvements including:

-refurbished ferries and increased frequency, with services every 15 minutes;
-increased frequency for the new light rail, with services every 7.5 minutes, up from the proposed 10 minutes;
-an increase in bus in-service kilometres with higher frequency bus services on key corridors; and
-increased operating hours, ‘night owl’ services and on-demand bus services.

Newcastle Transport will start running bus and ferry services in July 2017, and service changes will start in 2018 to minimise disruption. It will run the light rail when it opens in 2019.

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