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 along the Carlingford to Camellia corridor?
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. The former T6 Carlingford Line is being 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.
A new bridge will be built over James Ruse Drive and the level crossing at Parramatta Road, Granville, has been 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, is underway.
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When will this happen?
Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail is underway.
New bus service - 535 Carlingford to Parramatta
The T6 Carlingford Line passenger services ceased operation from Sunday 5 January 2020, and has been replaced with a new bus route - the 535, to transport passengers between Carlingford, Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, Camellia/Rosehill and Parramatta CBD. Customers wishing to travel to Clyde will need to interchange at Parramatta for a rail service.
Route 535 runs at least every 15 minutes in the busy periods of the day – a boost for customers who previously had just two train services per hour during the peak on the T6 Carlingford Line. Real-time data is available on the online Trip Planner, as well as on third-party apps, so that customers can plan ahead.
Additional bus services between Parramatta (Valentine Avenue) and Rosehill will run on Rosehill Gardens Racecourse race days. For more information, see T6 Carlingford Line Frequently Asked Questions
Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on road users and community from the Carlingford to Camellia corridor, with notification of any traffic changes or road closures.
During construction, there will be 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.
Active transport link
A new active transport link, or walking and bike riding path, will be built 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 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.
Some parking around future Parramatta Light Rail stops along the Carlingford to Camellia corridor will be affected. This includes the temporary removal of commuter car parks at former train stations to allow for construction, and minor changes on surrounding streets for the new bus stops.
Commuter parking at the former Carlingford station is also being upgraded as part of the 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. For more, visit Parking.
The Parramatta Light Rail has been designed to minimise impacts on heritage items and the use of existing road and rail corridors will limit these impacts.
On the former 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
- Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and better connections between Carlingford, Parramatta CBD and the Westmead Health 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.
- Instead of the former single-track train line, the new 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.
- A new pedestrian link from the future Camellia light rail stop to the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse will be provided to maintain access for visitors.
- 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 light rail services will be scheduled during major events.
Image left: Artist's impression of Parramatta Light Rail in Telopea