Newcastle Transport

Newcastle Transport is a transport company in Newcastle, New South Wales, working under Transport for NSW. 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. Train services are operated by sister company NSW TrainLink which is likewise a subsidiary of Transport for NSW.

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

History

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

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]

Newcastle Transport operates out of depots in Belmont and Hamilton.

Ferry services

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

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

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]

References

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