[SOR comment: Wickham terminus is predicted to lose 23% of current patronage by Government’s own underestimated figures. Keeping rail would reduce pressure on already limited CBD parking.]
THE Roads and Maritime Service has savaged the University of Newcastle’s proposed city campus, saying the plan has failed to properly assess traffic conditions in the city’s central business district, as reported in the Newcastle Herald.
The $95 million state-significant NeW Space campus development has already faced criticism from city council because of its intention to create only five parking spaces for the 5000 students and staff expected to use the campus.
And in a submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment the state’s peak transport authority has highlighted further flaws in the plan, saying much of the university’s claims about existing transport infrastructure in the city are either so out of date they are not relevant, or are are not supported by evidence.
‘‘In line with current [and] projected transport trends and documented evidence Roads and Maritime considers a significant number of both staff and students will travel to the NeW Space via car, and park in and around the city,’’ the submission read.
‘‘For Roads and Maritime Service to accept the Traffic Access Study, further analysis and a critical evidence based review of assumptions is to be undertaken.’’