Work on Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will proceed with the detailed planning process now underway for the Western Sydney megaproject. Enabling works will include building the vital bridge connection across the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park.
Leading infrastructure organisations have been invited to help shape and build the next stage of the Parramatta Light Rail. Shortlisted industry organisations were invited to participate in the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for the enabling works package.
This includes the delivery of a 320-metre-long public and active transport bridge over Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park, as well as approaches on either side of the river – totalling 1.3 kilometres. The EOI process closed on 14 March 2023.
Construction is expected to start in 2024, subject to planning approvals.
Meanwhile, planning and development work for Stage 2 is continuing, including utilities and geotechnical investigations. The team is also investigating manufacturing opportunities for light rail vehicles and associated equipment in Australia.
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 connect the local communities in the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula, and bring the vision of a ‘30-minute city’ closer to reality.
Stage 2 will have 14 stops over a 10-kilometre two-way track, with travel times of around 31 minutes from Camellia to the Carter Street Precinct via Sydney Olympic Park, and a further 7 minutes to the Parramatta CBD.
It will also connect to the future Sydney Metro West and heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.
Need more information?
Refer to the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 frequently asked questions.
Environmental Impact Statement
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail was on public exhibition from 9 November to 16 December 2022. Submissions to the EIS have closed.
The public exhibition of the EIS allowed residents, stakeholders and businesses the opportunity to learn more and help shape this important transport project.
The EIS received more than 125 submissions, the team engaged with more than 850 people and over 2500 people visited the virtual engagement room. A response to submissions is currently being prepared and will be released later in 2023.
The EIS outlined the design of the project and the environmental and social impacts that could arise during the construction and operation of light rail. Transport for NSW is continuing to refine the alignment of the project, including reducing impacts where possible.
Transport for NSW is seeking three amendments to the alignment that was presented in the EIS. These are:
- Camellia foreshore to Rydalmere alignment and bridge amendment
- Bridge between Melrose Park and Wentworth Point
- Bridge at Hill Road
In addition to these amendments, design refinements have resulted in:
- an increase of imported fill (structural soil and material) required to be brought onto site, and
- the relocation of the power substation at Melrose Park to provide direct access for maintenance vehicles.
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will connect Stage 1 and the Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via Camellia, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point, and connect local communities across Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula.
Visit the virtual engagement room to learn more and to provide your feedback on the amendments by Sunday, 3 September.
Translated fact sheets about the amendments can be found here.
Features and benefits
- 14 fully accessible stops over a 10-kilometre two-way track
- Connections to Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1, Sydney Metro West and heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park; and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park
- An 8.5-kilometre walking and bike-riding path parallel to the light rail corridor, 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 public and active transport bridges, including connections over the Parramatta River from Camellia to Rydalmere and Melrose Park to Wentworth Point
- Services approximately every 7.5 minutes between 7am and 7pm on weekdays
- Travel times of around 31 minutes from Camellia to the Carter Street Precinct via Sydney Olympic Park, and a further 7 minutes to the Parramatta CBD
Since Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail was announced in October 2017, there has been ongoing engagement with NSW Government agencies and major stakeholders across the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula region to ensure there is a ‘whole-of-government’ approach.
From March 2018, a number of stakeholder workshops have been held to map out a shared vision for the project. This included representatives from the City of Parramatta Council, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Greater Sydney Commission and Transport for NSW.
The team continues to work closely with major landowners in Camellia, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point to design the light rail so that it integrates and properly supports future development in these suburbs.
In addition, the team is engaging with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Royal Agricultural Society to support the redevelopment and revitalisation of the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.
Community consultation on the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail has been ongoing, with 44 information sessions held along the alignment, which have been attended by more than 3565 people.
The team also actively engaged with the community at other project information sessions, such as those held by the Sydney Metro West project team.
In July 2018, the NSW Government announced an alternate route along Waratah Street in Melrose Park would be investigated due to feedback received from local residents.
From May to June 2022, Transport for NSW engaged extensively with the community on the preferred Stage 2 route and proposed stop locations from Camellia to Sydney Olympic Park through the launch of a Virtual Engagement Room and ‘have your say’ community survey. The Parramatta Light Rail team held various pop-up information stalls along the proposed route during the engagement period, and also promoted the survey through emails, letterbox flyers, social media and face-to-face engagements.
During the public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement, the team engaged with more than 850 people and further 2500 people visited the virtual engagement room.
For times and locations of upcoming community engagement sessions, visit Meet the team.
Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail