Artist's impression of light rail in the Westmead Precinct
Artist's impression of light rail in the Westmead Precinct
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 at Westmead?

Westmead is one of Australia’s largest health, education, research and training precincts, providing local jobs for Greater Parramatta and Western Sydney.

The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will start and end its journey at the Westmead Terminus, with eight light rail ‘turn-up-and-go’ services an hour – every 7.5 minutes between 7am and 7pm. High-frequency services connecting Westmead’s critical health and education facilities will be provided until late, seven days a week.

Hawkesbury Road Widening

To enable the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail project, Hawkesbury Road in Westmead will be widened. This work will also support future development in the Westmead Precinct.

On Hawkesbury Road between Darcy Road and Jessie Street, construction and traffic works will include:

  • The relocation of utilities and parking
  • Removal of roundabouts, median strips and median kerbs
  • Modification or installation of traffic lights
  • New footpath, street lighting  and landscaping on the hospital side of the road
  • Foothpath improvements, opposite the hospital 
  • Modifications to the existing traffic network
  • Trimming or removal of some trees - for more, visit trees)

When will this happen?

Construction works to widen Hawkesbury Road will begin in 2019, with major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail to follow in 2020.

Residents, staff and businesses will be kept informed of any construction activities through regular community notifications and letterbox drops.

What can I expect during construction?

When widening works begin on Hawkesbury Road, there will be road and traffic disruptions where access to residential properties may be restricted or temporarily closed. In some cases, changes will permanently alter access.

Emergency vehicle and public access to Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead emergency departments will be maintained at all times, and clearly signposted for patients, visitors and staff.

Construction activities will be conducted in stages to minimise disruption to commuters, residents and businesses as much as possible.

Transport for NSW is talking to the business community to ensure they receive frequent updates, support and information.

Traffic

The Westmead Precinct road network will be modified in numerous locations, particularly around intersections, to accommodate the light rail.

A number of changes to bus services will be required, with details to be made available closer to the time.

Parking

In the Westmead Precinct, parking will be affected. All on-street parking on Hawkesbury Road between Queens Road and Hainsworth Street will be permanently removed. Loading zones, accessible parking spots, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, where possible, to adjacent side streets. For more, visit Parking.

Features and benefits

The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and better connections between Carlingford, Parramatta CBD and the Westmead Precinct.
  • Will operate seven days per week, from 5am until 1am, with services approximately every 7.5 minutes during peak periods.
  • Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, carrying up to 300 customers, the equivalent of around six buses.
  • Will connect easily to bus and train services from the Westmead Precinct.
  • Stops at key destinations at Westmead, including the future Westmead Terminus and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, for easy access to services and facilities.