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Aug 31

Submissions close for Newcastle transport tender

Submissions from private providers to operate the Newcastle Integrated Services closed on the 30th of August. The preferred bidder to operate the ten year contract will be announced by the State Government by the 31st of October. The new operator will control all bus, ferry and future light rail services in Newcastle. Read More »

Jul 27

Grand tour for private operators as government continues to ignore Newcastle workers

Transport for NSW is today hosting a goodwill tour of depots for companies tendering for contracts to operate the privatised Transport for Newcastle, as drivers again wear plain clothes to show their displeasure at a lack of support and information coming from government. Read More »

Jun 22

Safety too high a price for Government in Newcastle Light Rail deal

The lack of important safety features on Newcastle’s new light rail cars has raised concerns that the NSW Government is trying to cut costs at the expense of passenger safety. Read More »

Jun 16

Newcastle Herald: Newcastle bus drivers don Hawaiian shirts for privatisation protest

Newcastle Buses – the blue and white state government buses – are likely to be run by the same private sector operator as the proposed Newcastle light rail under plans being promoted by the Baird government. Read More »

Jun 14

Waiting for answers no holiday as drivers put on their Hawaiian shirts

In an act of frustration, Newcastle Bus drivers have refused to wear their uniforms and instead chose to wear brightly coloured Hawaiian shirts to protest the lack of information provided by TfNSW about just what the sell off of services will mean for workers. Read More »

Apr 12

Paid information session for Newcastle staff

Following pressure from the union, the state government has agreed to a paid information session for all transport workers in Newcastle to explain their plans for establishing Transport for Newcastle and privatising the network. Read More »

Apr 7

Former fan turns on Newcastle Light Rail

Former Newcastle Mayor, Jeff McCloy has reversed his view on light rail for Newcastle, despite previously fighting for its construction. Read More »

Mar 24

Valerie Jones of Newcastle supports drivers

A letter to the editor in the Newcastle Herald today called out the NSW Liberal Government for doubting claims made by bus operators about failing Opal machines. Read More »

Mar 15

Light Rail laughs from the Newcastle Herald

The Newcastle Herald had a bit of fun today with the proposed light rail in their letters section.  Read the full letter below.   Off the rails with Mike and the gang By Kevin Lewis A trial run of a new light rail system was held in Newcastle recently.  Kevin Lewis, of Wollombi, was there to capture […] Read More »

Feb 17

Mixed signals at the light rail interchange, says Newcastle Herald

At a Property Council of Australia lunch in Newcastle on Friday, a hall full of business types were gathered to hear Laurent Offroy, the head of Keolis Downer’s bid to build the city’s light rail project, expound on the virtues of light rail and his company’s vision for the city. Read More »