Road Closures

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

Newcastle Light Rail - work in progress in the city centre

Sections of Hunter Street are closed to traffic for the construction of the light rail. Footpaths will remain open. See  Work in progress for the latest road closure 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

Temporary Road Closures

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.

Supercars Australia - Newcastle 500 event

The 2018 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will be staged on Friday 23 - Sunday 25 November 2018.

The circuit for the event is 2.6km in length, commencing westbound on Wharf Road adjacent to Foreshore Park in Newcastle East. The circuit then turns left into Watt Street and continues south before turning east into Church Street (becoming Shortland Esplanade). The circuit then weaves through Zaara and Scott Streets and into Parnell Place (becoming Nobbys Road), returning to the finishing line on Wharf Road via a hairpin on Nobbys headland.

Vehicles will be practicing or competing on the circuit between 8am and 6pm on each day of the event.

From mid-October, construction of the racing circuit begins. Installation and removal of the racing circuit is condensed into a nine-week period. This commences with the installation of items such as the pit building, grandstands, bridges, barriers and fencing.  Build Notices contain all changed traffic conditions. 

For real-time traffic updates, roadwork information and event closure details, visit

King Street, Newcastle - between Newcomen Street and Bolton Street

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018 between the hours of 5am and midnight, the road will be closed to traffic.  This is to allow the tower crane to be dismantled from construction work at 28 Bolton Street (previously the Newcastle Herald Building). Please follow detour signage direction as alternative routes.

Frederick Street, Merewether

Frederick Street in Merewether is closed between Patrick Street and Helen Street for up to six months from August 2018 while we carry out road and drainage renewal works in Frederick Street. We will provide resident access via Patrick Street during this time.

Hexham Bridge, Hexham

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out essential maintenance work on Hexham Bridge (southbound) from Monday 10 September. Hours of work will be 8pm to 4.30am and the work is expected to be completed in three shifts, weather permitting.

The southbound bridge will be closed during the work and all traffic will be diverted onto the northbound bridge, which will operate with one lane in each direction. Closure of the pedestrian bridge will be required and the bridge will not be open to marine traffic during this time. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

Lambton Road Bridge at Broadmeadow

Bridge strengthening works will be carried out at Lambton Road Bridge, Broadmeadow from Tuesday 2 October to Friday 26 October. Sydney Trains is undertaking this work on behalf of NSW TrainLink.

The footpath on the southern side of the bridge will be closed throughout the project. Pedestrians will need to use the footpath on the northern side to cross the bridge and can cross from the southern to northern footpath via a stairway which goes under the bridge.

Westbound traffic lanes will be closed all weekend on Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October.  Two remaining lanes will be open and will be used for westbound and eastbound traffic on the bridge.

Road Rehabilitation and Resurfacing

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