Parramatta Light Rail

Reviewed

Project overview

Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s major public transport projects, part of a record $80 billion infrastructure program across the state. It will be built in stages to keep pace with the thousands of new houses and jobs being created in Western Sydney.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and will run for 12 kilometres, with 16 stops.

Key benefits

  • High-frequency ‘turn-up-and-go’ light rail services seven days a week, departing approximately every 7.5 minutes in peak periods.
  • Modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, 45 metres long, driver-operated and integrated with the Opal card network.
  • Two new light rail and pedestrian zones along Church and Macquarie Streets in the Parramatta CBD.
  • A new shared pedestrian and cycle path between Carlingford and Parramatta.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect the Parramatta CBD to the Westmead Precinct, new Western Sydney Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and three Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Parramatta and Rydalmere. It will also traverse the Parramatta North Growth Centre, the Camellia Town Centre, and the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea.

A preferred route for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail was announced by the NSW Government in October 2017. It will connect to Stage 1 via Parramatta CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park along a nine-kilometre route. It will also provide connections to Sydney Metro West, existing heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, and to ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park. A Final Business Case for Stage 2 is expected to be completed in late 2018, with an investment decision and details on the timing of construction to follow.

Once completed, Parramatta Light Rail will bring major benefits to businesses, local residents, commuters and visitors, supporting the development of Parramatta and providing a catalyst for further investment in the area.

Construction of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail is underway and expected to continue until 2023, when the service will begin operating.

Project update

If you would like to find out more about Parramatta Light Rail, please contact us on 1800 139 389 or email ParramattaLightRail@transport.nsw.gov.au.