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, has become two-way.
When will this happen?
Site investigation works are underway. From 1 February 2020, Church Street between Macquarie to Market Streets (including the ‘Eat Street’ dining strip) will become a pedestrian-only zone with major construction along this strip to begin in June 2020. For more, visit Construction on 'Eat Street' in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
From 1 February 2020, there will be no vehicle access on Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets. There will be parking available on intersecting streets and at several parking stations nearby. For more, visit parking.
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.
A construction grace period will be in place on 'Eat Street' from 1 November until 31 January each year to ensure that diners, tourists and shoppers do not experience constant construction works during the busy warmer months. During this time, construction hoardings will be removed, some temporary outdoor tables and seating will be introduced, and Transport for NSW will work with local businesses to deliver activities and events that will attract people to the Parramatta CBD.
Free business advisory and support services are also available. For more, including information on how we are supporting local businesses, visit businesses.