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 2024.
What’s happening in Westmead?
Westmead is one of Australia’s largest health, education, research and training precincts, providing local jobs for Greater Parramatta and Western Sydney.
The Parramatta Light Rail, due for completion in 2024, will start and end its journey at the Westmead Terminus, with eight light rail ‘turn-up-and-go’ services an hour – every 7.5 minutes between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.
High-frequency services connecting Westmead’s critical health and education facilities will be provided until late, seven days a week.
Hawkesbury Road Widening
Westmead's Hawkesbury Road, between Darcy Road and Jessie Street, has been widened to enable the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail. Road widening works was completed in June 2020.
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When will this happen?
Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail is underway.
Residents, staff and businesses will be kept informed of any construction activities through regular community notifications and letterbox drops.
What can I expect during construction?
With major light rail construction underway, there will be road and traffic disruptions where access may be restricted or temporarily closed.
In some cases, these works will permanently alter road and traffic access, including how residents access their properties. There will also be some noise associated with the works, both during the day and at night.
Emergency vehicle and public access to Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead emergency departments will be maintained at all times, and clearly signposted for patients, visitors and staff.
Parramatta Light Rail and Westmead Redevelopment will work with the community, including residents and businesses, to ensure people are fully informed and updated about any temporary or permanent impacts.
The Westmead Precinct road network will be modified in numerous locations, particularly around intersections and along Hawkesbury Road, to accommodate the light rail.
- Hawkesbury Road is currently one-way northbound from Queens Road to Hainsworth Street.
- Hainsworth Street is currently one-way eastbound between the roundabout at Children’s Hospital to Park Avenue.
- Park Avenue is currently one-way southbound from Hainsworth to Jessie Streets.
The bus route will be via Hawkesbury Road, Hainsworth Street, and Park Avenue. Bus stops in the southbound direction are permanently closed. Inbound and outbound bus pickups will be maintained at the Children’s Hospital entrance.
Walking and cycling
Where possible, pedestrian footpaths and crossings will be maintained. New crossings will be installed where footpath closures are needed. Access across Hawkesbury Road to the north-south regional cycle link between Queens Road and Darcy Street will be maintained.
In the Westmead Health Precinct, parking will be affected. All on-street parking on Hawkesbury Road between Queens Road and Hainsworth Street will be permanently removed. Where possible, loading zones, accessible parking spots, taxi ranks and service vehicle zones will be relocated to adjacent side streets. For more, visit Parking.
Features and Benefits
- Frequent ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and better connections between Carlingford, Parramatta CBD and the Westmead Health Precinct.
- Will operate seven days per week, from 5am until 1am, with services approximately every 7.5 minutes from 7am until 7pm.
- Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, carrying up to 400 passengers, the equivalent of around six buses.
- Will connect easily to bus and train services from the Westmead Health Precinct.
- Stops at key destinations at Westmead, including the future Westmead Terminus and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, for easy access to services and facilities.
Image left: The Children's Hospital at Westmead