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THE state government will hire another adviser for its Newcastle light rail project, bolstering the army of consultants who have worked on its plans.
Tenders will be issued for a ‘‘technical adviser’’ to provide analysis on engineering, urban design and light rail systems.
“This tender represents the next step towards delivering light rail and follows geotechnical investigations that took place earlier this year,’’ Transport minister Andrew Constance said.
Contract notices show the government has spent more than $4million hiring consultants since the project was announced, considering the plan’s business case and a range of other issues.
So far it has released to the public a report on environmental factors for the new Wickham transport interchange.
Mr Constance said the government needed the ‘‘right people to advise us on a range of technical studies that will feed into the planning process’’, and more planning documents, including a similar report on the light rail phase of the project, would be made available late this year.
“Make no mistake, we are getting on with the job of delivering these key revitalisation projects for the people of Newcastle,” he said.
The latest budget papers say $60 million has been spent on the project all up, with a further $103 million allocated for works this year.
Mr Constance recently told Parliament this year’s allocation would encompass design, environmental assessment and early works including geotechnical investigations.
Early works to prepare for construction are due to start at the end of this year, he said.
The new design for the interchange was unveiled about a fortnight ago. Construction is scheduled to start this year for that part of the project.
The government is awaiting the Court of Appeal’s ruling on whether it has the authority to remove the rail tracks as part of the works.