Construction certainty for Parramatta's 'Eat Street'

16 August 2018

Parramatta’s premier dining strip ‘Eat Street’ has been given a guarantee that major light rail construction will not commence until at least 2020.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the government has listened to local businesses’ concerns.

“We want to give businesses as much certainty as we can, and have heard loud and clear that shops and eateries on Church Street would like as much time as possible to prepare for Parramatta Light Rail construction works,” Mr Constance said.

“Our priority is to ensure local business owners have all the support they need well in advance of, and during construction. These businesses need certainty so we are making a rock-solid commitment that construction will not start in this dining strip until 2020.”

The NSW Government’s decision follows extensive community consultation including surveys of local businesses and more than 125 community information events.

Smaller site investigation works will take place on Eat Street in 2019 with minimal disruption. Businesses and residents will be kept fully informed well ahead of these works commencing.

Parramatta Light Rail will begin associated road, traffic and remediation works later this year.

For more information, refer to the media release Construction certainty for Parramatta's 'Eat Street'.