Newcastle Transport

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Newcastle Transport
Newcastle Transport.svg
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

Newcastle Transport is a transport company in Newcastle, New South Wales. 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.

History[edit]

Custom Coaches bodied Volvo B12BLE in July 2017

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[edit]

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][self-published source?]

Newcastle Transport operates out of depots in Belmont and Hamilton.

Ferry services[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ Building tomorrows Newcastle: A New Approach to Transport Transport NSW 5 November 2015
  2. ^ Transport for Newcastle: private operator to integrate city’s public transport ABC News 5 November 2015
  3. ^ Keolis Downer eyes acquisitions ahead of Newcastle public transport bid Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 2015
  4. ^ Transit Systems and UGL announce intention to jointly bid for Newcastle iso Transit Systems 26 February 2016
  5. ^ Keolis Downer awarded contract to run light rail, buses and ferries says Baird government Newcastle Herald 12 December 2016
  6. ^ Keolis Downer awarded Newcastle Transport Contract Keolis Downer 12 December 2016
  7. ^ Newcastle timetables to change Transport for New South Wales 1 December 2017
  8. ^ Transport changes Newcastle Transport
  9. ^ Newcastle Transport Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  10. ^ It's a date - free community open day for Newcastle Light Rail on 17 February Transport for NSW 31 January 2019
  11. ^ Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019
  12. ^ "Newcastle Transport Launches on Demand Service". Newcastle Transport. 29 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Newcastle Transport On Demand Information". Newcastle Transport. 18 February 2019.