The state government says work on the Newcastle Interchange at Wickham is ahead of schedule, with trains to start running from October 15 instead of November.

The Stewart Avenue transport hub will officially open on October 16, however the first train will leave the interchange at 1.44am on Sunday October 15, bound for Fassifern.

Empty trains will start running along the line from Hamilton in coming weeks as part of final testing.

Newcastle Interchange To Open In October