The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, transporting around 28,000 people every day to key destinations, new communities and essential services. It is expected to open in 2023.
What’s happening in the Parramatta CBD?
The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2023, will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.
The Parramatta Light Rail will travel from Prince Alfred Square, along Church Street to Macquarie Street. It will continue past Centenary Square, Parramatta Square, and Western Sydney University Campus to Harris Street along Robin Thomas Reserve.
Broader road and traffic network upgrades and improvements, or ‘enabling works’, have been completed as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project.
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When will this happen?
Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail is underway. Church Street between Macquarie to Market Streets (including the ‘Eat Street’ dining strip) is now closed to general traffic and major construction is underway, marking the first step in the revitalisation of this important precinct. For more, visit Construction on 'Eat Street'.
What can I expect during construction?
Construction of the light rail will be conducted in stages to minimise disruption to commuters, residents and businesses.
There will be road and traffic disruptions where access to properties may be restricted or temporarily closed. In some cases, changes will permanently alter access. Maps and property access information will be made available in our construction notifications.
Construction work will temporarily affect traffic access, bus services, cycleways and pedestrian movements. Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on road users and the local community. We will notify you in advance of any local traffic changes, including alternative routes.
On-street parking and loading zones will be affected to accommodate traffic changes and to provide space for the Parramatta Light Rail. Impacted loading zones, accessible parking, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated, wherever possible, to adjacent streets. These changes will apply from the start of construction and in some locations will be permanent.
As of 1 February 2020, there is no vehicle access on Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets. Parking is available on intersecting streets and at several parking stations nearby. For more, visit parking.
Building in the heart of existing communities involves significant challenges. The NSW Government is committed to developing activities and events that will attract people into the Parramatta CBD and the wider area before and during light rail construction.
A construction grace period will be in place on 'Eat Street' from 1 November until 31 January each year to ensure that diners, tourists and shoppers do not experience constant construction works during the busy warmer months. During this time, construction hoardings will be removed, some temporary outdoor tables and seating will be introduced, and Transport for NSW will work with local businesses to deliver activities and events that will attract people to the area.
Free business advisory and support services are also available. For more information about how we are supporting local businesses, visit businesses.
Features and Benefits
- More frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services every 7.5 minutes during peak hours, and seven days a week from 5am to 1am.
- Better connections from Parramatta’s CBD to the Westmead Health Precinct, the Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, the Camellia Town Centre, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, and three Western Sydney University campuses.
- Improved access to Parramatta’s dining strip Eat Street and entertainment venues.
- Two shared light rail and pedestrian zones along Church and Macquarie Streets to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly entertainment and restaurant precinct.
- Light rail stops at Prince Alfred Square, Eat Street between George and Macquarie Streets, and along Macquarie Street at Parramatta Square and near Harris Street.
Image left: Artist's impression of light rail on Macquarie Street
Parramatta CBD – pedestrian and light rail shared zones (car free)
Download the pedestrian and light rail shared zones map here.