Q. What is the Parramatta Light Rail route?

A. Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. It will connect Parramatta’s CBD to the key areas being transformed by the NSW Government and private investment, including the Westmead Precinct, the Cumberland Precinct, the Camellia Town Centre, the Telopea Precinct, and Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Rydalmere and Parramatta CBD.

Q. What else is along the route?

A. The light rail route encompasses major attractions including the vibrant Parramatta Square, the cafés and restaurants on Church Street, the Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, new schools including the redeveloped Arthur Phillip High School, and the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Q. When will Parramatta Light Rail construction begin and when will it open?

A. Early and enabling road works on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 are in progress. Major construction will begin in 2020 and the light rail is expected to begin operations in 2023.

Q. What are the key features of the project?

A. Key features of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail include 16 highly accessible stops, regular services from early morning to late at night including services every 7.5 minutes during peak periods, driver-operated, integrated Opal ticketing, and modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a capacity of at least 250 passengers in each vehicle.

Q. How much will Parramatta Light Rail cost?

A. Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail is a $2.4 billion project. This budget includes two major contracts to build and operate light rail, remediation works of the future light rail depot site, road and traffic works and upgrades, new bridges, walking and bike riding paths, urban design, changes to the bus network and project costs from 2015-2023.

Q. Will the project impact parking or trees?

A. Parramatta Light Rail will bring visitors into the region and make it easier for workers and residents to move around new and existing communities. There will be impacts on street parking and some trees across the network, including in and around Parramatta CBD. Transport for NSW will continue to work on ways to minimise any loss of parking and trees during the design phase of the project. For more information, refer to the Parking fact sheet or Trees fact sheet.

Q. How will construction of the Parramatta Light Rail affect my business?

A. Transport for NSW is committed to ensuring traffic and transport flows smoothly during and after construction of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project. Dedicated Place Managers are engaging directly with businesses along the route to provide information and assistance, and to answer questions about the impacts of construction and access. Transport for NSW and the project’s delivery partner will develop local traffic management and access plans for deliveries in consultation with impacted business owners and managers.

Q. What will the light rail stops look like?

A. Transport for NSW has and will continue to work with City of Parramatta and the community to ensure that the design of light rail reflects the characteristics of each precinct. The project will continue these discussions, as well as seeking community feedback, throughout the design process.

Q. Will the project have an impact on the heritage of the Parramatta region?

A. Parramatta Light Rail has been designed to minimise impacts on the important heritage landmarks and items across the Parramatta region, and will use existing road and rail corridors to limit these impacts. However, there will be some impacts on both Aboriginal archaeological sites and non-Aboriginal heritage items. Salvage excavations will be undertaken at some of the Aboriginal archaeological sites. Where direct impacts on non-Aboriginal heritage items cannot be avoided, we will seek to protect and conserve items such as looking for opportunities to incorporate materials for public art and heritage displays in and around the light rail route and sharing findings from our archaeological research. We will work closely with local community groups and organisations to ensure we preserve and maintain heritage of the local area and, where possible, avoid handling items of significance. Consultation will continue to be carried out with the Office of Environment and Heritage (Heritage Division) during design development.

Q. Were any private properties acquired for light rail?

A. With a project of this scale, it was inevitable that some acquisitions of property were needed. Light rail is designed to fit within existing road corridors, and whole or partial acquisition of property only occurred where this was not possible. Transport for NSW allocated case managers who worked directly with owners and tenants of properties that were affected.

Q. Were property owners compensated for property that needed to be acquired?

A. Transport for NSW is committed to treating anyone affected by acquisitions fairly and respectfully in line with the improved property acquisition process announced by the NSW Government in October 2016. Those members of the community being impacted directly by the light rail route were contacted by members of the Parramatta Light Rail project team based in Parramatta. More information about the improved property acquisition process is available at finance.nsw.gov.au.

Q. Will I be able to travel to the Sydney CBD from Carlingford?

A. The single track of the Carlingford heavy rail line is being replaced with dual track light rail that will provide more frequent services and better connections to town centres, including the Parramatta CBD, from where you can connect to trains at the Parramatta interchange.

Q. How long will the Carlingford line be shut down once construction of light rail begins?

A. From January 2020, train services between Camellia and Clyde will cease to operate to enable construction and operation of Parramatta Light Rail. During construction, more frequent bus services will operate from Carlingford via the existing stations at Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, Camellia and Parramatta. Customers will be provided with plenty of notice before the train services cease, as well as the exact route of buses, to minimise disruption to the community.

Q. What is the progress of Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail?

A. The Parramatta Light Rail is being delivered in stages to ensure the infrastructure needed to support the current growth of Greater Parramatta is in place and that light rail is operating as soon as possible to support the thousands of new houses and jobs being created. Planning work for Stage 2 of the project – connecting Stage 1 to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park – is underway. This planning is being done with other government agencies and transport projects, including the newly announced Sydney Metro West, which has stops at Sydney Olympic Park, Westmead Precinct and Parramatta.

Q. Are there plans to extend the Parramatta Light Rail to Epping?

A. An extension to Epping continues to be investigated by Transport for NSW. Customers between Epping and Macquarie Park already enjoy good heavy rail services and the recently opened Sydney Metro Northwest line.

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