Uncertain future: bus layover land near Newcastle station and fare-free zones

The bus layover area near Newcastle train station will be reviewed by the government as part of its planning for the revitalisation of Newcastle, reports the Newcastle Herald.

THE future of the large bus layover area near Newcastle railway station is up in the air along with the rail corridor land itself, the government has confirmed.

And the city’s bus network, along with services across the region, are being reviewed, with no guarantees Newcastle’s fare-free zone will remain once light rail is operational.

The government recently announced those parts of the rail corridor that aren’t needed for light rail would be opened up for potential development… UrbanGrowth is looking into proposals for the land, including the railway station building.

The Newcastle Herald has reported documents obtained under freedom of information laws showed the government is considering reducing city centre bus services to reduce a double-up with the [SOR: “mythical”] light rail.

Read the full article at the Newcastle Herald.