Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s major public transport projects, part of a record $89.7 billion infrastructure investment across the state. It is being built in stages to keep pace with the thousands of new houses and jobs being created in Western Sydney.
The first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia over 12 kilometres, with 16 stops. It will connect the Parramatta CBD to the Westmead Precinct, new Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and three Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Parramatta and Rydalmere. It will also traverse the Parramatta North Growth Centre, the Camellia Town Centre and the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea.
- High-frequency ‘turn-up-and-go’ light rail services seven days a week, departing approximately every 7.5 minutes in peak periods.
- Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, 45 metres long, driver-operated and integrated with the Opal card network.
- Two new light rail and pedestrian zones along Church and Macquarie Streets in the Parramatta CBD.
- The Parramatta Light Rail will replace the train line between Camellia and Carlingford, which will provide more frequent services and better connections to town centres, including Parramatta and Sydney CBD.
- A new Active Transport Link (shared walking and bike riding path) between Carlingford and Parramatta.
What will happen during construction?
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 across the wider area before and during construction of the Parramatta Light Rail.
Transport for NSW is already working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need to prepare for construction and holding regular information sessions for the local community.
Once completed, Parramatta Light Rail will bring major benefits to businesses, local residents, commuters and visitors, supporting the development of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
What’s happened so far?
- ‘Early Works’ contract awarded to address historical chemical and asbestos contamination at the future light rail depot at Camellia. Site preparation work is underway in advance of remediation work commencing this month.
- Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail receives planning approval.
- ‘Enabling Works’ contract awarded to deliver traffic and road changes as well as the relocation of underground utilities to prepare Parramatta for light rail construction will begin in late 2018. Construction will begin in late 2018.
- Eat Street businesses given certainty that major light rail construction will not commence along the dining strip until at least 2020.
- Two major contracts awarded to build and operate Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail.
Major construction on Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will begin in 2019, with works on Parramatta's 'Eat Street' from 2020. Parramatta Light Rail is expected to begin services in 2023.
Need more information?
Refer to the Parramatta Light Rail frequently asked questions.