The NSW Government will proceed with Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2, committing $602.4 million to commence the detailed planning process to move ahead with the Western Sydney megaproject.
This commitment will go towards early works and building the vital bridge connection across the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point to Melrose Park.
Planning and development work is continuing, including utilities and geotechnical investigations to progress the development of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement, which will be released for public comment by the end of the year. 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 15 stops over a 10-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.
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.
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Features and benefits
- 15 stops over a 10-kilometre two way track
- Travel times of around 25 minutes from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia, and a further 8 minutes to Parramatta CBD
- Connection to three transport interchanges on the Stage 1 alignment; future Sydney Metro West and heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park; and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park
- 8.5-kilometre walking and bike-riding path running parallel to the light rail corridor and 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 light rail and active transport bridges, including vital connections over the Parramatta River from Camellia to Rydalmere and Melrose Park to Wentworth Point
Since Stage 2 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 is working 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 Sydney Olympic Park and the Sydney Showground.
Community consultation on the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail has been ongoing, with 30 information sessions held along the alignment, which have been attended by more than 2800 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.
From May to June 2022, Transport for NSW engaged with the community extensively on the preferred Stage 2 route and 15 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.
For times and locations of upcoming community engagement sessions, visit Meet the team.
Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail