Wickham footbridge lifted into place as Newcastle Interchange opening edges closer

AS the city slept, Newcastle’s transport future came another step closer.

TAKING SHAPE: A crane lifts the new 30-metre footbridge linking Wickham station and Railway Street into place in the early hours of Tuesday. Picture: Supplied

TAKING SHAPE: A crane lifts the new 30-metre footbridge linking Wickham station and Railway Street into place in the early hours of Tuesday. Picture: Supplied

The state government said more than 100 workers made “significant progress” on the Newcastle Interchange at Wickham over the long weekend, with a new 30-metre footbridge linking the station to Railway Street dropped into place on Tuesday morning.

Progress was also made on the installation of overhead wires at the station, with more than 1900 metres of wire rolled out.

Revitalising Newcastle’s Michael Cassel praised crews for their hard work.

“Our crew worked tirelessly despite the wet weather over the long weekend when many Novocastrians were at home relaxing,” he said.

“They delivered key milestones that have the interchange project on track for trains to run all the way to Newcastle Interchange at Wickham later this year.”

The state government has said the interchange is scheduled to open in October.

Workers have also continued to remove redundant rail infrastructure in the former rail corridor.

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