$2.4bn Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 project begins construction

Monica Gameng   |   February 2, 2020

New South Wales’ $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 project has commenced construction and it is set to transform the Greater Parramatta region.

“Today marks a significant step on a project that will transform transport connectivity in a growing part of Sydney.

“We’ve already hit the ground running with the decommissioning works along the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail,” Acting Minister for Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.

The first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail will include a 12-kilometre light rail line, with 16 stops, that will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD.

The new light rail route will connect the Parramatta CBD to the Westmead Precinct, Bankwest 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.

The light rail will also travel through the Cumberland Campus, the Camellia Town Centre as well as the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea.

“This Parramatta Light Rail will bring people living in Greater Parramatta together with a safe and efficient public transport network.

“It will improve connections to popular key destinations across the region, while also linking into Sydney’s greater public transport networks,” Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said.

Parramatta Light Rail alignment - Stage 1_1Source: Parramatta Light Rail

Transport for NSW will work hard to minimise the impacts of construction on the local community and businesses.

“Some disruption is unavoidable, which is why we will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need.

“Transport for NSW will also pause construction from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period,”

The new high-frequency Parramatta Light Rail is set to open in 2023.

In late 2018, two major contracts were awarded for the delivery of this project. The first contract was awarded to the joint venture between Downer EDI and CPB Contractors for the delivery of the light rail system. The second contract is for the supply and operation of the networks as well as the delivery of depot, light rail stops and power systems, and was awarded to the Great River City Light Rail consortium - comprised of Transdev and CAF Rail Australia.

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Source: Transport for NSW; Parramatta Light Rail (1, 2); The Construction Index; Global Construction Review

Monica Gameng
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