Newcastle parking: Steel Lane car park to close as light rail work ramps up

THE city parking squeeze will get even tighter on Monday, as light rail work gobbles up one of Newcastle's last all-day free car parks.

About 40 spaces will vanish with the closure of the Steel Lane car park, behind Hunter New England Health, in Newcastle West.

The demise of the untimed, free car park comes with the construction of the light rail line in the former heavy rail corridor.

Work in that section of the corridor has steadily increased in the past two months.

The closure of Steel Lane, mainly used by office workers, compounds parking woes in the area, with at least 800 spaces slated for closure in Honeysuckle.

Some reprieve is expected if the council’s traffic committee recommends converting former bus zones on Hunter Street to parking, while the council also said 35 new paid parks would be created at Throsby Wharf by the end of the month. However, councillor-elect Kath Elliott stressed the need for more park and ride facilities.

“The parking issue has been affecting the city for so long. We want to get to the bottom of it,” Ms Elliott said.

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