Parramatta Light Rail achieves 'leading' ISCA Design rating

10 August 2021

Parramatta Light Rail infrastructure works package has achieved an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) ‘Leading’ rating for design, demonstrating the project’s commitment to achieve sustainable outcomes throughout the delivery of light rail.

Transport for NSW Executive Director Anand Thomas said a ‘Leading’ rating is the highest industry benchmark of its kind and recognises Stage 1 of the project’s efforts to implement substantial sustainability outcomes throughout the design phase.

“This achievement reflects the project’s commitment to deliver long-lasting economic, social and environmental outcomes while delivering a major transport infrastructure project to the people of Western Sydney”, Mr Thomas said.

Transport for NSW and Parramatta Connect, the Infrastructure Works contractor building the light rail, have worked together to deliver a raft of innovative and sustainable outcomes for the project.

The light rail project will be the first in New South Wales (NSW) to have ‘grass track’, as well as achieve significant and positive outcomes for the project and community.

“In a NSW first, ‘grass track’ will be installed along 10 per cent of the alignment, which requires 81 per cent less concrete compared to standard embedded trackform.

“The project will achieve a 36 per cent reduction in carbon emissions through construction and operations, simply by designing areas with a wire-free system, using supplementary and recycled materials in concrete and asphalt, and re-using existing rail, sleepers and ballast.”

The ISCA rating scheme is Australia and New Zealand's only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across design, construction, and operation of infrastructure.

Read the full media release here.

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