Newcastle Transport: Have your say

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Newcastle Transport is asking the community to have their say on the transformation of Newcastle’s bus and ferry network, announcing their Voice of Newcastle program this week at community information sessions.

The Voice of Newcastle program will commence in July with opportunities for everyone in the community to play a part in the new transport network, set to be implemented in January 2018. Chief Executive Officer of Keolis Downer Hunter, Campbell Mason said he encourages the local community to get involved in the conversation about transport.

“We have been working with the Newcastle community for some time and we know the community wants fast, direct public transport that is easy to use.

“During the next phase of engagement, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the current transport system.

“We will also work collaboratively with a citizen panel and a community leaders panel to help refine the transport network in line with community views.

There will be a number of ways for the wider community to keep up to date and engage with the new operator from July.

“The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on transport services in the areas they live, work and play through the digital engagement tool Social Pinpoint.

“Everyone will be able to keep up to date on a new Newcastle Transport website and through Facebook,” Mr Mason said.

“The Newcastle Transport Hub, also set to open in July, will be a place where the public can talk to the team face to face and provide feedback.

Keolis Downer will be the operator of Newcastle Transport from 1 July and will be responsible for the planning and delivery of an integrated transport system for Newcastle, including the roll out of a new bus and ferry network in January 2018, and light rail from early 2019.

“By delivering the services customers want, we hope to transform public transport into Novocastrians’ first choice of travel,” Mr Mason said.