As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 26 July 2014:
PASSENGERS aren’t the only ones waiting for information from the state government about the bus services that will replace Newcastle’s heavy rail when work to truncate the line begins at Christmas.
Its own city bus operator, Newcastle Buses, is also in the dark, according to an internal staff newsletter this month, obtained by the Newcastle Herald.
In it, general manager Darren Carey wrote he was “unaware of [Transport for NSW’s] thoughts on operators” of the replacement shuttle service.
“I have little to nothing to tell you at this stage,” he advised his staff.
The government announced at the start of this month rail services between Wickham and Newcastle will cease on Boxing Day.Trains will stop at Broadmeadow from December 26 until January 4 to enable signalling and platforms at Hamilton station to be upgraded.
Trains will then terminate there or at Broadmeadow until the interchange is finished at the end of 2016 and trains end there instead.
Shuttle buses will run into the city from those stations until light rail is installed, which may not start until the end of next year.
A later revamp of city bus services is also expected, to cut those services that would double up with the light rail once it is in place.