Artist's impression of light rail and active transport link along the Carlingford Line
Artist's impression of light rail and active transport link along the Carlingford Line
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?

The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, stopping at Telopea, Dundas and Rydalmere. As part of the project, the T6 Carlingford railway line will be converted to light rail.

The NSW Government is considering light rail, buses and parking requirements as part of a holistic vision for the Carlingford precinct. Transport for NSW will also deliver a ‘Kiss and Ride’ facility at Carlingford, an active transport link and improved pedestrian access as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project.

The T6 Carlingford Line currently has around two train services an hour, to be replaced with ‘turn up and go’ light rail services around every 7.5 minutes between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week.

When will this happen?

Site investigation works are underway, with major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail to begin in 2020. The T6 Carlingford Line will remain operational until the cessation of services from early 2020.

What can I expect during light rail construction?

When T6 Carlingford Line passenger services cease operation from early 2020, frequent buses will transport passengers between Carlingford and Parramatta CBD.

Additional bus services between the Parramatta CBD and Camellia will run on Rosehill Gardens Racecourse race days. A section of the T6 Carlingford Line, between Camellia and Clyde, will not be turned into light rail and will be retained for future transport use.

Traffic

Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on road users and the community in the Carlingford precinct, with notification of any traffic changes or road closures.

Parking

Some parking around future Parramatta Light Rail stops in the Carlingford precinct will be affected. This will include the removal of commuter car parks at train stations to allow for the construction of light rail, and minor changes on surrounding streets to enable the construction of permanent new bus stops.

Commuter parking at Carlingford Station is also being upgraded as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project, with investigations underway to improve commuter parking near proposed light rail stops.

Impacted loading zones, accessible parking spots, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, where possible, to adjacent side streets. In some streets, these changes will be permanent. Find out more at Parking.

Active transport link

A new active transport link, or walking and bike riding path, will be built in the Carlingford precinct as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project. This shared path will connect with the existing Parramatta Valley Cycleway at Rydalmere, supporting the City of Parramatta Council’s broader cycleway and road network.

The Parramatta Light Rail active transport link will facilitate access for cyclists and pedestrians to new town centres at Camellia and Telopea, the Western Sydney University campus at Rydalmere, and the growing areas of Dundas and Carlingford. View the Active Transport Link map here.

Heritage

Parramatta Light Rail has been designed to minimise impacts on heritage items and use of existing road and rail corridors will limit these impacts.

On the T6 Carlingford Line, the heritage aspects of the Dundas Station building and platform, opened in 1896 and on the State Heritage Register, will be protected and incorporated into a new light rail stop in the same location.

Features and benefits

Artist's impression of Dundas light rail stop
  • Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and better connections between Carlingford, Parramatta CBD and the Westmead Precinct, with services around every 7.5 minutes.
  • Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, carrying up to 300 customers, the equivalent of around six buses.
  • Parramatta Light Rail will connect Carlingford customers to bus, train and ferry services.
  • Instead of the existing single-track train line, the new Parramatta Light Rail to and from Carlingford will run on dual tracks, enabling simultaneous travel in each direction.
  • Commuters travelling to the Sydney CBD will be able to change at the Parramatta Interchange and access regular express trains to the city, eliminating the need to change trains at Clyde.
  • Replacing the T6 Carlingford train line with light rail will enable Carlingford residents and workers to get to the Parramatta CBD in just under 20 minutes.