Artist's impression of light rail at Prince Alfred Square
Artist's impression of light rail at Prince Alfred 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 at Parramatta North?

The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, stopping at Cumberland Hospital, Factory Street and Fennell Street before entering the Parramatta CBD. 

As part of the Parramatta Light Rail project, broader road and traffic network upgrades and improvements, or ‘enabling works’, are also being undertaken to ensure traffic can move smoothly in and around the Parramatta area, along and outside the light rail route.

As part of these enabling works, O’Connell Street, between Albert and Barney Streets in North Parramatta, will be widened to four lanes.

A new bridge will also be built over the Parramatta River to connect the light rail to Cumberland Hospital.

When will this happen?

Enabling road works and site investigation works are underway, with major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail to begin 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. There will also be some noise during the works which will occur both during the day and in some instances at night.

In some cases, these works will permanently alter road, traffic and residential access. Maps and property access information will be made available in our construction notifications.

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.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Notification of any local traffic changes will be communicated to the local community in advance of any work, including alternative routes.

Parking

On-street parking and loading zones will be affected to accomodate traffic changes and to provide space for the light rail corridor.

Impacted loading zones, accessible parking, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, wherever possible, to adjacent streets. In some streets, these changes 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 Parramatta North and the wider area before and during light rail construction.

Transport for NSW is talking to the business community to ensure they receive the support and information they need. For more, visit businesses.

Features and benefits

Artist's impression of the Cumberland Precinct
  • Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services every 7.5 minutes during peak hours, operating seven days a week from 5am to 1am.
  • Better connections to the Westmead Precinct, Parramatta North and the Bankwest Stadium. Additional light rail services will be in place for special events at the Stadium.
  • Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, carrying up to 300 customers each, the equivalent of around six buses.
  • Parramatta Light Rail stops will be located in Cumberland East and along Church Street, at Factory Street and Fennell Street.