Improved Transport

Driverless public shuttle

City of Newcastle has welcomed the arrival of its first driverless vehicle ahead of an Australian-first trial that will see it operate in traffic and connect with other public transport modes.
 
The driverless, 12-person vehicle will undergo rigorous safety testing under the supervision of transport operator Keolis Downer before it commences the trial in coming months.

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Helping you park

In an Australian first, motorists can now access new digital parking technology that guides them to available parking spaces within the Newcastle CBD.
 
The Find & Park function is the latest addition to City of Newcastle’s popular EasyPark app, which allows users to pay for parking and top up any additional time needed, remotely, using just their smart phone.
 
Find & Park has helped revolutionise parking in several European cities, and now Newcastle has been selected as the first city in Australia.

To use Find & Park, just open the EasyPark app before setting off on your journey and click ‘Find’, then enter the destination. An in-built map will then guide you, using audio prompts, to the best parking area closest to their destination.
 
The Find & Park map provides motorists with colour-coded ‘easy’, ‘moderate’ or ‘difficult’ options for on-street parking closest to their destination.

Currently, the Find & Park service is only available within the Newcastle CBD. We're currently working on expanding the footprint to other parts of the local government area.
 
The EasyPark app can be downloaded via the Apple app store by typing EasyPark or at Google Play for Android users. Just look for the bright pink square with the white ‘e’ in it
 
Motorists can also call EasyPark on 1300 734 070 for assistance with the app.
 
Drivers are reminded to adhere to NSW laws governing correct phone use while driving, such as using a fixed phone cradle only to make and take calls. For further information on this, visit  Transport for NSW 
 

Electric transit hub

No. 2 Sportsground and car park in Newcastle West is being transformed into an E-Transit Hub. With a 200-car space weekday parking capacity, and ideally located within walking distance of the CBD, the site is tailor made for the installation of electric transport infrastructure. This includes Electric Vehicle Charge points with a solar carpark cover and battery storage, as well as an E-Bike for travel into the city.
 

Electric vehicle charging stations

To reduce carbon emissions and support and promote the expansion of electronic vehicles, we’re installing renewable energy-powered public charge-points across the city. 

We've installed three new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at No. 2 sportsground as part of its
ongoing investment in Smart City technology.
 
The installation of EV chargers at No.2 Sportsground is the first of Council’s public EV charge network and will be a testing bed for future charging sites. The site includes a solar carparking structure and battery storage to provide 100% renewable energy for the chargers and will also soon smart parking sensors and an e-bike rack to expand the city e-bikeshare network.
 
The installation includes one 50kW DC fast charger and two 22kW mid-range chargers and is capable of charging up to five cars simultaneously.
 
The No.2 Sportsground EV chargers follow on from the installation of the NRMA-funded fast chargers at Wallsend, and will be one of several sites the City plans to roll the technology out in the coming months in our bid to increase the delivery of renewably-powered and active modes of transport.

The EV charger network project is part of the $5 million Smart Moves Newcastle funding grant through the smart cities and suburbs program.
 
Just another way we’re supporting a smart, liveable and sustainable future.
 

Improving the flow of traffic

To help ease congestion and free the flow of traffic, we’ll install a range of data-gathering traffic sensors to make evidence-based decisions on road upgrades. This data will also be accessible to help people make decisions about where and when to drive.