Newcastle Transport

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Newcastle Transport
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Owner Transport for NSW
Locale Newcastle
Lake Macquarie
Transit type Bus, ferry, light rail
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.

Newcastle, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

Newcastle Buses & Ferries

Newcastle Buses & Ferries was a commuter bus and ferry service operating in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie from 1935 until 2017. Part of the State Transit Authority, it operated 26 bus routes and the Stockton ferry across the Hunter River.

Newcastle Light Rail Light rail system in Australia

The Newcastle Light Rail is a light rail system in Newcastle, New South Wales, running from Newcastle Interchange through the central business district to Pacific Park. Major construction commenced in September 2017 with the line was opened on 17 February 2019. It is operated by Newcastle Transport.



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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]

Government of New South Wales state government of New South Wales, Australia

The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales. It is currently held by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Keolis Downer Australian transportation company

Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, the largest private sector French transport group, and Downer Rail, an Australian railway engineering company, that operates bus and tram services in Australia.

Transit Systems

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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] [ self-published source? ]


BCI is an Australian bus and coach dealer and manufacturer based in Kewdale, Perth, Western Australia. It was established by former Hino dealer Ron Nazzari in 1991 as a small family-run operation. It initially imported buses from Malaysia, both fully assembled and in knocked down form.

MAN Truck & Bus AG is the largest subsidiary of the MAN SE corporation, and one of the leading international providers of commercial vehicles. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, MAN Truck & Bus produces vans in the range from 3.0 to 5.5 t gvw, trucks in the range from 7.49 to 44 t gvw, heavy goods vehicles up to 250 t road train gvw, bus-chassis, coaches, interurban coaches, and city buses. MAN Truck & Bus also produces diesel and natural-gas engines. The MAN acronym originally stood for Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, formerly MAN AG.

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Mercedes-Benz has been making buses since 1895 in Mannheim in Germany. Since 1995, the brand of Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches is under the umbrella of EvoBus GmbH, belonging 100% to the Daimler AG.

Newcastle Transport operates out of depots in Belmont and Hamilton.

Belmont, New South Wales Suburb of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Belmont is a suburb in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Newcastle's central business district on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie and is part of the City of Lake Macquarie.

Hamilton, New South Wales Suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Hamilton is a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from Newcastle's central business district. The main commercial centre is located around Beaumont Street and boasts a vibrant multicultural atmosphere providing an array of restaurants, retail, fashion and commercial outlets along with day-to-day services such as pharmacies, banks, florists, hairdressers, fruit shops and delicatessens. A local history blog 'Hidden Hamilton' captures the people, places and experiences that make up the collective story of Hamilton since its earliest beginnings.

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.

Hunter River (New South Wales) river

The Hunter River is a major river in New South Wales, Australia. The Hunter River rises in the Liverpool Range and flows generally south and then east, reaching the Tasman Sea at Newcastle, the second largest city in New South Wales and a major harbour port. Its lower reaches form an open and trained mature wave dominated barrier estuary.

Queens Wharf is a multi-purpose venue in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia with a cafe, pub, restaurant, observation tower and ferry wharf built as part of the redevelopment of the Hunter River foreshore. Opened in May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II, it was completed as a Bicentennial project.

Stockton, New South Wales Suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Stockton is a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 600 m (0.4 mi) from Newcastle's central business district. It is the only residential suburb of Newcastle that lies north of the Hunter River.

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]

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  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.