State government announces truncation of Newcastle heavy rail line

CHANGES: NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Newcastle state MP Tim Owen at Wickham train station.

CHANGES: NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Newcastle state MP Tim Owen at Wickham train station.

COMMUTERS travelling to Newcastle will need to catch the bus from Boxing Day, with the state government formally announcing the truncation of the heavy rail line.

Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian was in town last week to make the announcement.

Between December 26 and January 4, all Newcastle trains will terminate at Broadmeadow so improvements can be made to Hamilton Station. From January 5 trains will terminate at Hamilton and Broadmeadow.

Ms Berejiklian said details of bus services were still being finalised, as were the ticketing structures. She said more announcements about buses and service plans would be made in coming months.

She said all of the land for the new transport interchange and light rail had been acquired. The Wickham transport interchange is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

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