The former Wickham Railway Station is coming down to make way for a new light rail depot, with work set to start later this month.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the new light rail depot building will have a sleek, contemporary design that reflects the role light rail will play in the urban renewal and modernisation of Newcastle’s city centre.
“A lot of the work on light rail has been happening behind the scenes, so it’s great to see work starting on the new depot” Mr MacDonald said.
Revitalising Newcastle Program Director, Michael Cassel said Wickham Railway Station was the most recent station to be constructed on the former heavy rail corridor.
“Interestingly the Wickham signal box housed the equipment for Australia's first television equipped level crossing, with a closed circuit television link to the Hannell Street/Beresford Street level crossing from 1966,” Mr Cassel said.
“Items of historical significance including signal box equipment and the original ticket window will be retrieved and stored, and archival recording of the station will be available in Newcastle City Council Library.”
The removal of the old station was initially identified as part of the community consultation process for the Newcastle Light Rail Review of Environmental Factors. Community feedback was sought in April last year and plans for its removal were confirmed in August last year.
The depot will be used for overnight stabling of light rail vehicles, operations and light maintenance work, and will include offices and a staff entrance fronting Stewart Avenue. Light rail is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $500 million plus investment to revitalise Newcastle.
The light rail depot is part of the broader Revitalising Newcastle program which can be viewed at www.http://revitalisingnewcastle.nsw.gov.au/
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