Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program




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Newcastle Light Rail
Newcastle Transport
Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

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

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

Announced

The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

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

Australia

Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

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


STATUS: Recently closed
VALUE: $450M AUD
SECTOR: Other transport
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The New South Wales Government's circa $500 million Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program aims to strengthen connections between the city and the waterfront, provide more public space and amenity and deliver better transport. It involves a number of transport and urban renewal projects, including:

  •  a new multi-modal transport interchange at Wickham in the city’s west (currently under construction);
  •  a new light rail between the Wickham interchange and Pacific Park, adjacent to Newcastle Beach;
  •  revitalised land in the (former) heavy rail corridor, housing, and improved public domain, including parks, entertainment precincts and public spaces; and
  •  an integrated services model, which will see one major operator plan and run Newcastle's light rail, bus and ferry services, as well as interchanges.

 


Newcastle Light Rail


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Newcastle Light Rail

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The Newcastle Light Rail project involves the construction of 2.7 kilometres of light rail track from the new transport interchange at Wickham to Pacific Park, including six stops along the route (including at the transport interchange, Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown Street, Market Street and Pacific Park).

The New South Wales Government is delivering the project under a Fixed Infrastructure Contract, with Downer EDI  appointed as the Managing Contractor. Construction is set to commence in 2017, with the light rail expected to be operational by 2019.


Newcastle Transport


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Newcastle Transport

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Other transport
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Other
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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