Stage 2 Frequently Asked Questions


Artist impression of Stage 2 Light Rail at Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park

Planning and development work is underway, including utilities and geotechnical investigations, and progressing the development of the project's Environmental Impact Statement.

The project is also investigating Australian manufacturing opportunities for light rail vehicles and its associated equipment, which will inform the updated Final Business Case.

Planning and design phases are being further developed through consultation with the community and stakeholders.
 

Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Stage 1 and Parramatta's CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.

It will link communities north and south of the Parramatta River directly to the Parramatta CBD, the Camellia Town Centre, as well as the booming sport, entertainment, education and employment hub at Sydney Olympic Park, and to the Carter Street Precinct.

Major attractions along the alignment include Accor Stadium, Qudos Bank Arena and various events throughout Sydney Olympic Park, the annual Royal Easter Show, Sydney Showground and future URBNSURF development.

  • 15 highly accessible stops over a 10-kilometre track.
  • Travel times of around 25 minutes from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia, and a further 8 minutes to Parramatta CBD.
  • Will connect to three transport interchanges on the Stage 1 alignment; future Sydney Metro West and heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park; and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.
  • 8.5-kilometre walking and bike-riding path running parallel to the light rail corridor and linking to the existing network.
  • A shared light rail and pedestrian zone along Dawn Fraser Avenue in Sydney Olympic Park between Australia Avenue and Olympic Boulevard.
  • New light rail and active transport bridges, including vital connections over the Parramatta River from Camellia to Rydalmere and Melrose Park to Wentworth Point.

In 2017, the NSW Government announced the preferred route for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail, which included an option to extend east through Camellia before crossing the Parramatta River to Rydalmere.

Following further assessment and engagement, south of the Parramatta River was considered the best option to support the future growth and development of the area, including the proposed Camellia-Rosehill Precinct.

With planning and development work for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail underway, Transport for NSW will submit an updated Final Business Case in 2022 to enable a NSW Government investment decision. The final cost of the project will be determined following a procurement process and once major contracts are awarded.

With a project of this scale, it is inevitable that some acquisitions of property will be needed. As with Stage 1 of the project, light rail is designed to fit within existing road corridors, and whole or partial acquisition of property will only occur where this is not possible.

Property impacts will be identified in the Environmental Impact Statement, which is being developed as part of the planning and development work, and will be placed on public exhibition for consultation at a later date. Where property impacts are identified, Transport for NSW Personal Relationship Managers will be appointed to speak directly with affected property owners to provide assistance through the acquisition process.

To inform the alignment, there will be ongoing consultation throughout the planning and development work, as well as the Environmental Impact Statement process. Following this work, the alignment will be finalised through the planning approval stage.

Delivering a major infrastructure project in an existing environment, such as Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail, will likely result in some impacts to the community. This can include traffic changes, construction impacts such as noise and vibration, parking, trees and access. Transport for NSW is seeking community feedback to understand their views and impacts of the project. This will inform the project’s Environmental Impact Statement, which is being developed as part of the planning and development work, and will also be placed on public exhibition for consultation at a later date.

The community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the planning and development of Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail. To inform the project’s Environmental Impact Statement, Transport for NSW invites the community to have their say on the project, and to share their views and impacts. This includes feedback on the route and stop locations.