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On Demand transport service trial

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City of Newcastle and private operator Keolis Downer will trial an ‘On Demand’ transport service so Novocastrians can travel between inner suburbs and the city centre.

Three vehicles, two six-passenger cars and an 11-passenger van with wheelchair access will be rolled out to service the trial area.

It is set to take in the East End, Civic, Market Town and the Newcastle Interchange from places such as Beaumont Street, Hamilton; Broadmeadow Station; Merewether; The Junction; Bar Beach; Hamilton South; and The Hill.

The On Demand trial supports the City’s long-term planning and ambition for higher levels of public transport patronage and active travel creating a more pedestrian-friendly city centre.

“It presents a new and flexible way for commuters to make their journey into the city for work and has the potential to remove cars from the city centre, opening up more car spaces in and around the city,” Newcastle lord mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said.

“The trial’s aim is to encourage Novocastrians and visitors to take advantage of public transport options in the city.”

Transport on Demand is characterised by users being able to request pick-ups at times of their choosing via an app.

Journeys are expected to cost a flat fare of $3.20.

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