Wallsend ~ More Bridgeworks, Roadworks… and some Gentrification

City of Newcastle is investing $2 million to improve traffic and pedestrian conditions in Wallsend’s local centre while opening the conversation on its long-term masterplan.

Concept for Nelson Street Wallsend.

A joint public domain-flood mitigation program over the next 12 months includes design of the Boscawen and Nelson Street bridge replacements – to facilitate widening and naturalisation of the Hunter Water owned Ironbark Creek channel.

Flood mitigation work will also be completed on the channel within Wallsend Park, along with completion of a new shared pedestrian and cycle path.

Tyrrell Street Bridge was recently replaced at a cost of $3.3 million. Over $20 million is committed to reconstruct and raise two other bridges as part of an overall flood-mitigation scheme.

Tyrrell Street bridge completed earlier this year.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the City’s local centres program would increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and improve the overall look and appeal of commercial centres.

[This] work will significantly improve the appeal of Wallsend with high-quality infrastructure, such as new seating, street trees and landscaping,” the Lord Mayor said.

Wallsend is a suburb brimming with history and character, which is why it’s so important we work with the community to determine what’s important as we make long-term improvements in the area.

Detailed design of upgraded traffic lights for the Nelson Street and Cowper Street intersection and a proposed roundabout at Cowper Street and Newcastle Road will also be carried out in the 2020/21 financial year.

Community input

The Lord Mayor said she wants everyone to take part in the community engagement program on future projects to transform Cowper Street into a high pedestrian activity area with a reduced speed limit and safer connections.

City staff will consult with the Wallsend community over the next month on local improvements ahead of a project to replace the busy Kokera/Cowper Street roundabout with traffic lights.

Community members can have their say on the Wallsend upgrades from Tuesday 28 July at https://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/YourSay