I visited Newcastle back In April (last time was back In 2009) and the City Centre Is disturbingly dead outside business hours, not even fast food chains were open In Hunter Street Mall ! 24 hour convenience stores were about the only shops open.
Did you expect anything other than restaurants open? And as for fast food,
I can't think of what chains are in the mall other than Subway.
If they really had to replace the heavy rail train service with a light rail service, the heavy rail should of terminated at Broadmeadow Station(4 or 5 platforms) with a connecting tram taking passengers down to the Newcastle Beach terminus using the heavy rail tracks (no street running)Well no street running would've prevented it from going any further than the old station, so it would've been farcical to call that stop "Newcastle Beach." It's farcical enough where it is now. It's really nowhere near the beach, it can't even be seen from the stop. In my opinion, it would've been perfectly acceptable to break through onto Hunter Street at some point at the Queens Warf as there's virtually no businesses at the point, and the government certainly could've avoided as big a class action as they are now facing.
Yes Subway was the only fast food outlet I come across (big places their usually open 16+ hours a day)
What I meant was that trams could of used the heavy rail tracks from near Broadmeadow Station to Newcastle Station than extended to Pacific Park (current terminus) with limited Interaction with Scott Street.
The conversion could of been done In a few Months, not the couple years It took. (as per St Kilda / Port Melbourne lines)
The Sydney electric Intercity train service could of been extended to Maitland/Telarah
Trams could of been extended past Broadmeadow Station(Graham Street) under the railway, onto Lambton Road, onto Russel Road to the John Hunter Hospital complex.