Artist's impression of Parramatta Light Rail in Camellia
Artist's impression of Parramatta Light Rail in Camellia
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 Rosehill and Camellia?

Camellia is poised for an exciting journey of renewal that will provide for a new riverside town centre positioned on the Parramatta Light Rail route as part of the Camellia Town Centre master plan.

The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, stopping at Tramway Avenue and within the vicinity of the existing Camellia train station.

As part of the Parramatta Light Rail project, the current T6 Carlingford train line will be replaced with light rail. This will impact customers who currently catch trains from the Camellia and Rosehill railway stations along the T6 line. The T6 Carlingford Line currently has around two train services an hour, to be replaced with ‘turn up and go’ light rail services approximately every 7.5 minutes.

A new bridge will be built over James Ruse Drive and the level crossing at Parramatta Road, Granville, will be removed altogether, improving traffic flow.

The Parramatta Light Rail stabling and maintenance facility, or depot, will be located at Grand Avenue, Camellia. Early works to remediate this industrial land, once used for chemical manufacturing, are underway.

When will this happen?

Site investigation works are underway, and major construction on the light rail will begin in 2020. The T6 Carlingford Line will remain operational until cessation of passenger services is required.

What can I expect during construction?

While the light rail is being built, frequent buses will transport customers between Carlingford and Camellia. On Rosehill Gardens Racecourse race days, additional bus services will run between the Parramatta CBD and Rosehill.

Construction activities will be conducted in stages to minimise disruption to commuters, residents and businesses as much as possible. We will communicate with you ahead of any activity.

Traffic

The Rosehill and Camellia Precinct road network will be modified in numerous locations, particularly around intersections, to accommodate the construction and operation of Parramatta Light Rail.

During construction, the project will have traffic impacts on the intersection of Grand Avenue North and James Ruse Drive. Permanent traffic changes will include:

  • George Street (between Purchase Street and Alfred Street) will have a lane in each direction, with parking removed.
  • Tramway Avenue (between Alfred Street and Arthur Street) will become local access only, with parking removed.

Parking

The construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail will affect some parking. Impacted loading zones, accessible parking spots, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, where possible, to adjacent site streets.
In some instances, these changes will be permanent. For more, visit parking.

Features and benefits

Artist's impression of a renewed Camellia
  • Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and better connections between Carlingford, Parramatta CBD and the Westmead Precinct, with light rail services every 7.5 minutes.
  • Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, carrying up to 300 customers, the equivalent of around six buses.
  • A new pedestrian link from the Camellia stop to the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse will be provided to maintain access for visitors after the closure of Rosehill Railway Station. Once construction begins, rail services will no longer run between Rosehill and Clyde, reducing traffic impacts on Parramatta Road.
  • An active transport link will be provided to create walking and bike riding connections across James Ruse Drive, improving connections from Camellia to Parramatta CBD.
  • Integrates with the future Camellia Town Centre, which will provide facilities for up to 5,000 new jobs and 10,000 new homes.
  • Improved and regular public transport access to recreational destinations and community facilities, including Bankwest Stadium and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
  • Additional Parramatta Light Rail services will be scheduled during major events.