Light rail works uncover seawall believed to be part of Market Street boat harbour

A remnant of Newcastle’s maritime history has been uncovered during works for the city’s light rail corridor.

A sign has been erected on the corridor fence, in line with the Hunter Mall Chambers, saying investigations were underway in the area to expose a seawall believed to be part of the 1872 Market Street boat harbour.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the seawall was located within the former heavy rail corridor.

“A detailed understanding of the wall’s location is needed ahead of light rail construction,” the spokesman said. “A heritage expert is engaged to assess and survey the wall in accordance with planning approval.”

“Once assessed, a portion of the wall may need to be removed to enable future construction.

“Any removed section will be preserved for future re-use, and unaffected sections will be left in place.”