Stage 1 Frequently Asked Questions
The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, with
a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. It will connect Parramatta’s CBD to the key areas being transformed by the NSW Government and private investment, including the Westmead Health Precinct, the Cumberland Precinct, the Camellia Town Centre, the Telopea Precinct, and Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Rydalmere and Parramatta.
The light rail route encompasses major attractions, including the vibrant Parramatta Square, the cafés and restaurants on Church Street, CommBank Stadium, Riverside Theatres, the new science, technology and innovation museum Powerhouse Parramatta, new schools including the redeveloped Arthur Phillip High School, and the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
There will be 16 highly accessible stops; regular services from early morning to late at night including services every 7.5 minutes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays; integrated NSW Opal card ticketing, and modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, which can carry up to 300 passengers.
Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail is underway, with 100 per cent of track installed along the alignment. The team continue to work on road, kerbing, gutter, footpath and landscaping work, as well as the construction of the Stabling and Maintenance Facility at Camellia, which will house the fleet of light rail vehicles. Throughout 2022, a second phase of work to construct the remaining operational assets will involve the installation of light rail stop canopies and infrastructure, substations, overhead wiring and underground cabling.
Passenger services are expected to commence in 2023. Prior to operations, there will be an extensive testing
and commissioning program to ensure the vehicles operate safely on the newly built system before approval is gained from relevant authorities to commence passenger services.
The Parramatta Light Rail is part of a $2.4 billion program. This budget includes two major contracts to build and operate the light rail, remediation works of the future light rail depot site, road and traffic works and upgrades, new bridges, walking and bike riding paths, urban design, changes to the bus network and project costs since 2015.
The Parramatta Light Rail will provide a modern, fully accessible, and comfortable transport solution with real-time travel information. Developed by CAF, the 13 Urbos 100 vehicles, being manufactured for the Parramatta Light Rail, have been upgraded to incorporate an evolved design based on the fleet performance around the world.
Although construction of the walking and bike riding path, also known as the active transport link, is now complete, the project still requires access to the path to facilitate the next phase of work. This includes the installation of the light rail stop canopies and infrastructure, substations, overhead wiring, and underground cabling, as well as testing and commissioning of the new light rail system. It is a priority of Transport for NSW to open the path as soon as possible, while also ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Transport for NSW recognises the importance of supporting and managing impacts on business during construction. Dedicated Place Managers continue to engage directly with local businesses along the route to provide information and assistance, and to answer questions about the impacts of construction, such as wayfinding, noise and vibration, and access for deliveries and customers. This includes responding to preferred work hours and altering construction schedules, where possible, to provide a break in construction during busy meal periods for eateries.
Delivering a major infrastructure project such as the Parramatta Light Rail in an existing environment has resulted in some impacts on parking and trees. Transport for NSW has a Tree Offset Strategy in place, and continues to minimise any loss of parking and trees where possible. Visit parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/trees and parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/parking to find out more.
The Parramatta Light Rail has been designed to minimise impacts on heritage landmarks and items across the Parramatta region, such as using existing road and rail corridors to limit impacts. While there have been some impacts on both Aboriginal archaeological sites and non-Aboriginal heritage items, the project is committed to preserving archaeological, environmental, and Aboriginal heritage across the light rail route.
The project continues to work closely with NSW Government departments and agencies, including Heritage NSW and City of Parramatta Council, and local community organisations, including the Local Aboriginal Land Council and Registered Aboriginal Parties, to ensure important heritage is preserved and maintained. Visit parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/heritage to find out more.
The connection from Carlingford to Epping is not part of the current Parramatta Light Rail program. A transport connection between Parramatta and Epping has been identified in the Future Transport 2056 Strategy, the NSW Government's overarching vision for the Sydney transport network. Visit future.transport.nsw.gov.au to find out more.
Planning and development work on Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail is underway, including utilities and geotechnical investigations, updating the Final Business Case and progressing the development of the project's Environmental Impact Statement. The project is also investigating manufacturing opportunities for light rail vehicles and associated equipment in Australia. Planning and design phases are being further developed through consultation with the community and stakeholders.