WORK on the Newcastle rail line’s truncation is underway at Wickham to prepare the station for its new life as a transport interchange, the NSW Transport Minister has announced.
Minister Gladys Berejiklian said geotechnical workhas begun ahead of the rail line’s truncation, which is scheduled to start Boxing Day and eventually create a new transport hub west of Stewart Avenue.
“The geotechnical work now being carried out involves drilling within the rail corridor between Wickham and Hamilton to gain a better understanding about ground conditions at the site of the new interchange,” Ms Berejiklian said.
‘‘The results of these geotechnical investigations...will assist with the design of the interchange.’’Soil sampling will also be carried out along the rail corridor to examine ground conditions, with a full review of environmental factors going on display in late July.
Ms Berejiklian said that document is expected to include planned designs, environmental concerns and proposed management measures.
A further update on bus services between Newcastle and Hamilton, Broadmeadow and Wickham stations during construction will be provided ‘‘in the coming months’’.
“I want to assure the community that reliable interim transport arrangements will be in place for public transport customers,” Ms Berejiklian said.
A tender process is underway to find a company to conduct a detailed environmental assessment of constructing light rail.