Road Closures

Council will make every effort to ensure disruptions to traffic, businesses, pedestrians and residents are minimised during works.

Temporary Road Closures

Council wishes to advise the following streets will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic to conduct the event listed below. The closures are in accordance with Roads Act, 1993, Part 8, Division 1. 

Merewether Street, Merewether

The northern limb of Merewether Street between Llewellyn Street and Berner Street will be fully closed to vehicular traffic on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June 2018 from 7am to 4pm.  The road closures will facilitate stormwater infrastructure upgrades

Frederick and Helen streets, Merewether

From Tuesday 17 April 2018, Frederick Street will be closed southbound between Helen Street and Berner Street with detours via Watkins Street to John Parade.
Helen Street will be closed at Watkins Street, with detours southbound via Watkins Street to John Parade.  Resident access will be available northbound along Frederick Street.
These road closures will be in place for approximately eight weeks to enable road and drainage renewal works in Frederick Street.

Hunter Street between Auckland and Merewether Streets

Hunter Street will be closed to traffic between Auckland and Merewether streets from Tuesday 10 April for about six weeks. During this time, we will be installing light rail tracks at the intersection of Auckland and Hunter streets, continuing construction of the Civic light rail stop and completing important road, utility and footpath upgrades in the area.  The construction notification outlines more information about the work. ​

Keep up to date with light rail construction works and how to get around the city

Newcastle Road, Lambton & New England Highway, Tarro

Roads and Maritime Services will be upgrading the access to the variable message signs (VMS) on Newcastle Road, between Albert Street and George Street in Lambton and on New England Highway, opposite Quarter Sessions Road in Tarro.

RMS contractors will be on site for four shifts between Monday 30 April and Friday 29 June, excluding public holidays, weather permitting. Work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

There will be temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. Lane closures will be in place and may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits and follow signs and traffic controllers’ directions. Enquiries can be directed to DM Roads, on 1300 332 660.

Newcastle Light Rail - work in progress

From Tuesday 12 September Hunter Street will be closed to traffic for the construction of the light rail. Footpaths will remain open. See Work in progress for the latest updates.

More information on Newcastle Light Rail and changes to the area is available on the  Revitalising Newcastle website or view  Newcastle Light Rail frequently asked questions (pdf).

To get in touch with the Precinct Managers, Business Advisor, or for general enquiries about the Newcastle Light Rail please call 1800 684 490 or email

Road Rehabilitation and Resurfacing

Due to Council road work minor traffic disruptions may be experienced at the following locations - find out more