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Road renewal paves way for next stage of Wallsend town centre upgrade

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An extensive road resurfacing project has paved the way for the next stage of the eagerly-anticipated Wallsend Town Centre upgrade.

While Nelson Street underwent repair work recently, Main Street was also the beneficiary of landscaping and streetscape improvements to enhance the look and feel of the locale.

It’s all part of a $6 million City of Newcastle investment across the LGA’s western suburbs.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Cr Elizabeth Adamczyk and Cr Deahnna Richardson, with City of Newcastle staff Bruce Pemberton, Jack Hawthorne and Bianca Field-Vo, inspect the upgrade road surface along Nelson Street in Wallsend.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council was focused on meeting the needs of the town’s growing population.

“This includes delivering road and bridge upgrades to alleviate traffic congestion, creating safer and more accessible cycling and pedestrian pathways, as well as doing more to help reduce the risk of the Wallsend CBD flooding during super storm events,” she explained.

“Through our Local Centres program, CN is committed to upgrades in Wallsend that will benefit both businesses and residents by delivering a more attractive place to visit, shop, dine and meet with friends.”

Nelson Street before the resurfacing project.

Councillor Elizabeth Adamczyk, who is the deputy chair of CN’s Liveable Cities Advisory Committee, said liaising with residents and businesses during consultation was crucial.

“The works on Nelson Street were done at night to minimise disruptions during the day when thousands of vehicles and pedestrians use the area,” she added.

“We are ensuring both the planning and investment in infrastructure occurs for the long-term vibrancy of this important business district and suburb to protect and enhance the liveability for our community.”

Dual-lane road upgrades at Longworth Avenue and Minmi Road are currently in the design phase, with work planned to start early next year.

To improve traffic flow both ahead of and during construction of these major upgrades, a series of smaller traffic changes are also being considered. 

Community members are invited to provide feedback on these ancillary works via the Have Your Say page on City of Newcastle’s website before 1 July.

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