So you just stood there and did nothing. No 'phone call to enquire what was going on?Well Northern Flyer, what bus was I on then and what bus was I waiting for to pick me up at Honeysuckle if it wasn't the 110?Assuming that none of the political parties will ever stump up the funds to extend the Amusement Ride, sorry I mean Light Rail, to westward areas of the city, then I think I can come up with a better design than what we will be getting at the interchange end of things.Nice story but the 110 bus does not run from Honeysuckle to the interchange so it is hardly surprising that you didn't see one. They run every 10 minutes along King Street. I find that when I take a PT trip with a small family, I tend to plan ahead for such things.
This fiasco, sorry I mean Light Rail, is still going to cause major traffic congestion as it crosses Stewart Avenue at the annoying slow speed of around 5 km/h in either direction meaning we have gained nothing at all except the same congestion we had to start with.
My idea would to have been to build the Archaic Tram, sorry Light Rail terminal across the road on the eastern side of Stewart Avenue and have it linked to the Heavy Rail terminus via an underpass with travellators effortlessly conveying passengers as used in airports.
This would remove all blockages of Stewart Avenue and still allow an easy transfer for passengers alighting from the real trains and wishing to partake themselves of a very short journey on the fantasy train, sorry Light Rail. It also would blend in better with the proposed bus interchange on the eastern side.
Whilst I am online I will also give you my one and only experience of the new Terminus, which incidentally I can sum up as a crap experience.
My wife and I decided to take our 5yo grandson on his first railway experience and a visit to the Museum to see the Dinosaur Exhibition so we left the car at Cardiff and commuted to Wickham or pseudo Newcastle as it is. This part worked reasonably well as upon arrival we were herded out of the terminal and down the street to catch a 110 bus which we then alighted from at Honeysuckle close to the Museum.
After viewing the exhibition it was now lunch time but the Museum only has a coffee bar type of refreshment available so walked back to Honeysuckle to find something a bit more suited to kids but that wasn't possible so we all had icecream for lunch. We then waited, and waited, and then waited some more for a 110 bus to come by. While waiting at least 3 empty buses went past all displaying "not in service" signs which was a bit annoying. Eventually we decided we would like to go home on that particular day so we started walking back to Wickham. After 100 metres we discovered that 5 year old's don't like walking and found they are better suited to sitting on someone else's shoulders when the journey is several kilometres long, much to my disappointment and arthritic joints. We never saw another bus so we just trudged it out to the terminal.
Once there I discovered that there were no signs to say what train would be arriving/leaving at what platforms. There was signs displaying this info but they were halfway down each platform which meant walking down and taking potluck on getting it right. Being a Gunzel I thought I was pretty smart in regard to this and seeing as how I wanted to go to Cardiff then this train would be on platform 1 because it was the most logical place for it to be so it could travel straight out of the station and veer left towards Broadmeadow and not foul the triangle at Woodville Junction. Wrong, wrong and wrong again. After walking down platform 1 I found a Maitland train sitting there so I retraced my steps to the opposing platform to find the Sydney train waiting at this platform, waiting being the imperative word as we spent close to an hour doing this before it would make a move.
How crazy is that arrangement? Firstly no notification of what train goes where until you have nearly walked there anyway, and who in their peanut size brain came up with the plan to have the Sydney bound trains crossing the Maitland bound tracks, and the Maitland bound trains crossing the Sydney bound tracks, when neither of them needed to cross at all.
Whilst enduring our extended visit to the terminal we decided to supplement our ice cream lunch with something more substantial from the terminal takeaway shop. As anticipated, this didn't go very well either so we selected some chocolate bars and had a discussion with the friendly lady working their on the shortcomings of the shop and terminal. She said business was not very good as there was no parking anywhere so no one was commuting from there at all. She told us she had to park her car in a very dark back street in Wickham, and was very scared each time she had to walk back to it at the end of trading.
Eventually the Gods had decided we had suffered enough with our visit to Newcastle and the train, a real full size one, trundled off merrily dropping us of fully exhausted at Cardiff as the sun went down and us vowing that we will never use public transport again.
I was expecting it to arrive and then we would complete the loop of the City but it just didn't come. The only buses going past for an hour were ones that were not in service
With Newcastle Interchange opening on 15 October, the route for the temporary shuttle bus service (110) from Hamilton Station to Newcastle Station will change to enable buses to pick-up and drop-off customers on Stewart Avenue, directly in front of the interchange.
From the interchange, the 110 will continue along Hannell Street before turning into Honeysuckle Drive and continuing along Wharf Road to Customs House. There will be stops on Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, Watt Street and King Street.
The shuttle bus service (110) map is available here,
For more information on Newcastle Interchange visit Revitalising Newcastle
Taken from transport Newcastle website