Newcastle City Council Park and Ride Service
Wednesday 1 November 2017 10:00am
Newcastle city centre workers stand to save more than a $1,000 a year thanks to a new park and ride service to operate from McDonald Jones Stadium into the CBD.
The trial service, which will commence on Monday 6 November, is a joint initiative of the NSW Government and Newcastle City Council.
“Newcastle is undergoing significant renewal with over $1 billion worth of projects underway in the city,” Lord Mayor of Newcastle Cr Nuatali Nelmes said.
“It's a time of enormous change and we are working hard, as is the NSW Government, to ensure the city remains open for business as it goes through this period of evolution.
“Park and ride is a solution developed by Council with support of the State Government that has the potential to ease demand on parking as our city grows. It's part of our vision for an integrated transport plan."
“It is another example of how working together we can achieve great results for our city. Working with Transport for NSW, Newcastle Transport, Venues NSW, Revitalising Newcastle and Hunter Development Corporation, we are delivering a win-win for business and for commuters while light rail construction continues.”
Commuters will leave their car at a designated parking area at McDonald Jones Stadium and board a bus into the city. The service will run every 15 minutes between 6.30am and 8.30am and again in the afternoon peak between 4.30pm and 6pm.
“This is just another initiative to assist business during light rail construction,” Revitalising Newcastle director Michael Cassel said.
“We continue to work closely with Newcastle City Council who has be very proactive in getting this initiative to work.”
“It will take up to 350 commuter cars off the roads, promote public transport and free up parking spaces for shoppers.”
After leaving the stadium, the bus will turn left onto Turton Road, travelling along Lambton Road, Belford and Tudor Streets before turning onto Parry Street. It will then travel along King Street, turning left onto Watt Street before terminating at Customs House.
Set-down points will be at Marketown on King Street, the corner of King and Auckland Streets, the corner of King and Perkins Streets and Customs House.
The return service to McDonald Jones Stadium will depart from Customs House every 15 minutes between 4.30pm and 6pm. The pick-up points will be the same as the inbound service.
The service will be free for the first three months, and will cost just $2 a day from 29 January.
“Commuters who use the service daily rather than pay for parking all day in the city centre will be better off the tune of more than $1,000 a year,” Mr. Cassel said.
Commuters will be required to pre-register for a free permit, with the service limited to the capacity of the parking area. Permits will be available via www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride or by calling Council on 02 4974 2000.
There are a handful of dates over the next twelve months when pre-existing commitments including Newcastle Jets and Newcastle Knights fixtures will require an alternate park and ride location. Commuters will be notified directly closer to these dates. For all current affected scheduled dates please visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride or www.mcdonaldjonesstadium.com.
The trial service will be reviewed after 12 months.