Artist's impression of light rail at Centenary Square
Artist's impression of light rail at Centenary Square
Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, transporting around 28,000 people every day to key destinations, new communities and essential services. It is expected to open in 2023.

What’s happening in the Parramatta CBD?

The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

Parramatta Light Rail will travel from Prince Alfred Square, along Church Street to Macquarie Street. It will continue past Centenary Square, Parramatta Square, and Western Sydney University Campus to Harris Street along Robin Thomas Reserve.

Broader road and traffic network upgrades and improvements, or ‘enabling works’, are also being undertaken as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project. Some of these will take place along roads that do not form part of the light rail route. For example, to support the light rail works, George Street, between O’Connell and Harris Streets, will become two-way.

When will this happen?

Site investigation works are underway. Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail will begin in 2020, including works on Parramatta’s ‘Eat Street’ (defined as Church Street, between Palmer and George Streets).

What can I expect during construction?

Construction of the light rail will be conducted in stages to minimise disruption to commuters, residents and businesses.

There will be road and traffic disruptions where access to properties may be restricted or temporarily closed. In some cases, changes will permanently alter access. Maps and property access information will be made available in our construction notifications.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail stop locations

Traffic

Construction work will temporarily affect traffic access, bus services, cycleways and pedestrian movements. Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on road users and the local community. We will notify you in advance of any local traffic changes, including alternative routes.

Parking

On-street parking and loading zones will be affected to accomodate traffic changes and to provide space for the Parramatta Light Rail. Impacted loading zones, accessible parking, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, wherever possible, to adjacent streets. These changes will apply from the start of construction and in some locations will be permanent. For more, visit parking.

Supporting businesses

Building in the heart of existing communities involves significant challenges. The NSW Government is committed to developing activities and events that will attract people into the Parramatta CBD and the wider area before and during light rail construction.

Following extensive consultation, businesses along ‘Eat Street’ have been given a guarantee that major light rail construction will not commence until at least 2020 to allow maximum time to prepare.

Additionally, a construction grace period will be in place on Eat Street from the beginning of November until the end of January each year. Free business advisory and support services are also available. For more, visit businesses.

Features and benefits

Artist's impression of light rail on Macquarie Street
  • More frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services every 7.5 minutes during peak hours, and seven days a week from 5am to 1am.
  • Better connections from Parramatta’s CBD to the Westmead Precinct, the Cumberland Precinct, the Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and Riverside Theatres cultural precinct, the Camellia Town Centre, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, and three Western Sydney University campuses.
  • Improved access to Parramatta’s dining strip Eat Street and entertainment venues.
  • Two shared light rail and pedestrian zones along Church and Macquarie Streets to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly entertainment and restaurant precinct.
  • Light rail stops at Prince Alfred Square, Eat Street on the corner of George and Church Streets, and along Macquarie Street at Parramatta Square and near Harris Street.