The closure of the heavy rail line at the Newcastle CBD between Wickham and the old Newcastle terminus and its replacement by light rail is part of a wider strategy to reinvigorate Newcastle and to connect the CBD to its waterfront.
A Technical Advisory design team was engaged by Transport for NSW to assess and document engineering systems and solutions, operational plans and resulting cost estimates for three potential light rail alignments between Wickham and the CBD.
COX led the Urban Design component of the Scoping Design that explored alignment configurations and stop options within the context of the Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program (NURTP). The design of the network and stops will contribute to new development opportunities, unlock unrealised development capacity, improve connections between the waterfront and the city and aid other outcomes that will contribute to the delivery of the urban renewal strategy.
The development of stop designs and precinct concepts respond to public domain opportunities along the revitalised Hunter Street corridor.