The Parramatta Light Rail will provide a modern, accessible and comfortable transport solution with real-time travel information. The 45-metre light rail vehicle will have capacity for up to 300 passengers, equivalent to around six buses.

Connecting customers from Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, high frequency ‘turn up and go’ services will operate seven days a week from 5am to 1am, departing approximately every 7.5 minutes between 7am and 7pm on Monday and Friday.

Light rail vehicle features

  • Operated by a driver, the light rail will run along a dedicated track within existing streets, often sharing roads with pedestrians, cyclists and cars.
  • Fully accessible with low floors, double doors, dedicated areas for wheelchairs and space for prams, and conveniently located on-board passenger help points.
  • Accessibility features include hearing loops to ensure hearing impaired customers are aware of on-board announcements and help points for information provided in raised Braille.
  • Each vehicle will be able to seat 76 passengers with dedicated priority seating.
  • To ensure the safe movement within the vehicle, customers will have access to handholds and handrails.
  • LCD screens will display real-time information on the light rail network such as next stop, destination and interchange information.
  • Bike racks will be available to hold up to four bicycles.
  • Energy efficient electrical braking system will reduce energy demand by approximately 38%.
  • Each vehicle is 93% recyclable at the end of its life span (30 years).

Safety Features

Safety is a key priority for the design, construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail. Light rail is used all around the world, and the vehicles for the Parramatta Light Rail will comply with the Australian and international standards for safety.

  • Each vehicle will be fitted with on-board CCTV as well as help points for customers to contact the driver in the event of an emergency.
  • Driver safety systems will be on-board, including a speed advisory system, collision avoidance warning system and fatigue detection system.
  • Vehicles will be equipped with bells that the driver can use when there is a danger to public safety.

internal view of light rail carriage

Image shown is for illustrative purposes only: interior view of a light rail vehicle prototype.

Power Source

  • The Parramatta Light Rail will be wire free in two sections, from Westmead Station to Cumberland Hospital stops, and between the Prince Alfred Square and Tramway Avenue stops. The vehicles will be powered by roof-mounted batteries that are charged via the overhead wires and in-ground charger at the terminus in Westmead.
  • Through the remainder of the alignment, the light rail vehicles will be powered by overhead wiring, with seven power substations located along the route to energise the overhead wires and provide power to the vehicles.

Urbos Light Rail Vehicles

Developed by CAF, a global leader in light rail systems, the Urbos is a state-of the-art light rail vehicle that currently delivers user friendly, comfortable and high performance services in cities across the world, including Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Zaragoza (Spain), Birmingham (UK), Seattle (USA), Newcastle (NSW) and Canberra (ACT).

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will have 13 Urbos 100 vehicles, each comprised of seven-car sets.