Artist's impression of light rail in the Westmead Precinct
Artist's impression of light rail in the Westmead Precinct
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 on weekdays.

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
  • Footpath 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 are underway, 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?

With road widening works underway on Hawkesbury Road, there will be road and traffic disruptions where access may be restricted or temporarily closed.

In some cases, these works will permanently alter road and traffic access, including how people access their residential properties. There will also be some noise associated with the works, both during the day and at 

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.

Parramatta Light Rail and Westmead Redevelopment will work with the community, including residents and businesses, to ensure people are fully informed and updated about any temporary or permanent impacts.

Traffic

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

Buses

The Westmead Hospital bus stop (#214513) has closed, and buses 711 and 818 will cease to stop at this location. The closest alternate bus stop is located opposite the hospital, on the eastern side of Hawkesbury Road, in front of the 175 Hotels and Apartments (#214517). Access to all northbound bus stops on Hawkesbury Road will be maintained.

Walking and cycling

Where possible, pedestrian footpaths and crossings will be maintained. New crossings will be installed where footpath closures are needed. The pedestrian footpath on the Westmead Hospital side of Hawkesbury Road will be closed during construction. Access across Hawkesbury Road to the north-south regional cycle link between Queens Road and Darcy Street will be maintained.

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. Where possible, loading zones, accessible parking spots, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated 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.