Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange
Why the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange is so important
The Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange (LMTI) will help turn Glendale into a new employment “super hub” for the Lower Hunter unlocking the potential to create over 3800 local jobs, 90 hectares of land for new commercial and light industrial development, and the construction of around 2700 new residences.
Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange overview
The project will provide a major connection between Glendale and Cardiff, creating an important transit interchange that will meet the future transport needs of the Lower Hunter region.
The NSW Government’s Hunter Regional Plan 2036 has identified the LMTI as a high-priority infrastructure project because of its potential to unlock growth and improve the connectivity and viability of major centres throughout the Hunter Region.
Following the opening on the first road links in June 2017, the next step is the LMTI project is construction of the highly anticipated Pennant Street Bridge.
Once complete, the Pennant Street Bridge would provide the “missing link” between Glendale and Cardiff, and confirm Glendale as the growth centre for the Lower Hunter due to its central location and links to existing transport infrastructure that connect with Sydney and the rest of the region.
Independent studies commissioned by the Council estimated more than 16,000 vehicles would use the proposed bridge every day, including 1500 trucks, vans and other heavy vehicles. The campaign to secure $32 million in funding for the next stage of this project has been backed by local MPs, other councils in the Hunter region and regional business groups, as well as individual businesses, such as Stockland, the Hunter Development Corporation, NRMA and Lake Mac Business.
How the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange will be delivered
Stage 1: Road links
Stage 1, Section 1 of the project involved extending and realigning Glendale Drive, as well as extending Stockland Drive in Glendale. The extension of Stockland Drive provides a new access to Hunter Sports Centre and Stockland Glendale, relieving traffic congestion. Construction is now complete.
Stage 1, Section 2 includes the plans to extend Pennant Street in Cardiff over the main northern railway line (known as Pennant Street Bridge) to the newly provided intersection of Glendale Drive and Stockland Drive in Glendale. These roads will create a direct link between Glendale and Cardiff.
Stage 2: Railway station and transport interchange
Council is continuing to work with Transport for NSW to monitor patronage and demand for a train station at Glendale in the long term. In June 2017, the NSW Government committed $1.7 million in funding to complete a strategic business case for the remaining stages of the LMTI.
Page last updated: 24 April 2018