In June 2021, the NSW Government committed $50 million towards planning and development works of the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget. This funding will go towards planning, utilities and geotechnical investigations, as well as progressing the development of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement.
The NSW Government announced the preferred route for the second stage in October 2017, which will connect Stage 1 and Parramatta CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park. It will have 10-12 stops over a ten-kilometre two-way track, with travel times of around 25 minutes from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia, and a further eight minutes to Parramatta CBD.
The second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect to Sydney Metro West, heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.
Since the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail was announced in October 2017, there’s 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.
Since 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 worked 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 engaged with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Royal Agricultural Society to support the redevelopment and revitalisation of Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney Showground.
Community consultation on the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail has been ongoing, with 13 information sessions held along the alignment which have been attended by more than 1,600 people.
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.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail