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.
Leading infrastructure organisations are being invited to help shape and build the next stage of the Parramatta Light Rail, with shortlisted industry organisations 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 closes on 14 March 2023.
Construction is expected to start in 2024, subject to planning approvals.
Meanwhile, planning and development work 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.
It allowed residents, stakeholders and businesses the opportunity to learn more and help shape this important transport project.
The EIS received more than 125 submissions late last year, the team engaged with more than 850 people and over 2500 people visited the virtual engagement room. A submissions report is currently being prepared and will be released later this year.
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. Submissions to the EIS have now closed.
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’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 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 Sydney Metro West.
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.
During the public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement, the team engaged with more than 850 people and over 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