Tools down on Eat Street from November

24 July 2020

Businesses on Parramatta’s ‘Eat Street’ dining strip can look forward to three months of warm-weather festivities in 100 days when Parramatta Light Rail construction halts on 1 November for a promised three month ‘grace period’. 

Parramatta Light Rail program director Anand Thomas said the construction grace period, announced in 2018 as part of the major contract to build the Parramatta Light Rail, will be in place until the end of January 2021. 

“During this time, it’s ’tools down’ for our workers - construction will cease, hoardings will be removed and you will see a range of exciting events and family activities intended to draw people back to the area, while being mindful of any Covid-19 restrictions on crowd movement,” said Mr Thomas.  

“This is unlike anything ever done before in the middle of a major construction project, and part of Transport for NSW’s commitment to support local businesses.”

During the three-month construction shutdown, the precinct will come alive with live entertainment and interactive street installations in an activation known as ‘Eat Street Uncovered’, stretching from George to Market Streets in the Parramatta CBD.

Eat Street Uncovered will feature custom play equipment including a climbing tree and a converted shipping container, where customers can enjoy a meal and a beverage with a view of Eat Street from an elevated deck.

Mr Thomas said the project was pleased to offer local businesses a break from the construction noise that is an inevitable part of building the new light rail network. 

“Our priority is to ensure that business owners have the support they need during this busy holiday season and that diners and shoppers keep coming back to Eat Street,” said Mr Thomas.

The $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is expected to open in 2023.

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Example of business activation - table tennis


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