PEDESTRIAN and bike-friendly changes to Hunter Street have been postponed until next year pending the release of the state government's CBD rail plan.
Newcastle councillors voted to shelve the $950,000 trial until February at last week's council meeting as they wait to hear if Newcastle's train line will be cut at Broadmeadow, Hamilton or Wickham station.
They are also waiting to hear if replacement light rail would run down the existing rail corridor or down the centre of Hunter Street.
Council officers recommended that Hunter Street footpaths be expanded two metres, with a 1½-metre wide cycleway between National Park Street and Perkins Street.
Hunter Street would be reduced to two lanes of traffic, with lanes for parking.
The parking lanes would convert to clearways from 8am until 9am and 5pm until 6pm. The trial would run for two years.
A council report said 79 per cent of respondents in a survey supported the trial.
Less traffic lanes and more cycleways were also previously endorsed by the council.
Councillor Brad Luke said it was "foolish" to proceed with the trial when the rail plans were still being finalised.
He said it would more sensible to look at the plans again after the state government released detailed plans for the rail line.