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Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1

Concept image of the Parramatta light rail

Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia. Subject to planning approval, construction for Stage 1 will start in late 2018 and is set for completion by 2023.

Latest news

November 2020

12 November 2020 | First track laid for Parramatta Light Rail

The first tracks have been laid on the $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail, marking a major milestone for the project.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said this project will be key to connecting this critical health and education precinct with the Parramatta CBD. “It’s exciting to see this city-changing project one step closer to completion,” Cr Dwyer said.

Visit the Parramatta Light Rail website for more information and the media release.

Westmead & North Parramatta

  • Relocation of utilities including drainage, telecommunications, water, electricity and gas.
  • Lighting infrastructure installation including conduits, pits, foundations and multi-function poles.
  • Construction of retaining walls, driveways and other property adjustment works.
  • Preliminary trackwork including installation of track services, drainage and trackslab.
  • Track installation starting in sections of the alignment.
  • Installation of kerbs, gutters and paths.
  • Tree removal where necessary to enable construction, in line with environmental approvals.
  • Work zones relocated as required to allow access to work areas during the day.
  • Major traffic changes planned for November and December include road closures at:
    • Church Street between Factory Street and Victoria Road
    • Major intersections along Church Street and Factory Street
    • intersection of Factory, New and Fleet Streets
    • Jessie Street at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
    • Queens Road at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
    • Caroline Street at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead.

Parramatta CBD

  • Removal of the micro tunnelling compounds in Centenary Square.
  • Church, Macquarie and George Streets will see civil works continue (including concreting, excavation and landscaping), utilities installed and relocated including water, communications, gas and electricity) and street lighting set up.
  • Macquarie Street will have ongoing traffic changes and road closures on weekends so make sure you keep up to date on the Parramatta Light Rail website and the Spot parking app.
  • Robin Thomas Reserve also has continuing civil works and heritage investigations.

If you have any urgent enquiries or complaints during this work, please call the Parramatta Light Rail 24-hour Community Information Line on 1800 139 389.

Keep up to date with the latest Parramatta Light Rail developments.

October 2020

Transport for NSW announces it will no longer halt construction on Church Street for a three-month ‘grace period’

Transport for NSW today revealed it will no longer halt construction on Church Street for a three-month ‘grace period’ from 1 November, following consultation with businesses.

City of Parramatta Council understands many local businesses support an earlier finish to major works and hopes this fast-tracking helps minimise impacts for them.

Council has written to Transport for NSW asking that it provide additional support for local businesses in lieu of the grace period, including:

  • matching Council’s offer to invest up to $70,000 in a Church Street marketing campaign;
  • matching Council’s offer to invest up to $250,000 in our new initiative which provides free parking at the Riverbank and Eat Street car parks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to help restaurants;
  • stopping construction on Church Street at 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday so businesses can maximise dinner dining trade;
  • improving pedestrian access on Church Street by installing mid-block crossings;
  • installing high-quality hoardings to help reduce noise and dust;
  • installing new signage on key roads and intersections to direct people to Church Street; and
  • offering Church Street businesses rent support.

Council has long advocated for a world-class light rail network and looks forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government to connect our City while supporting local businesses.

For more information, read the Lord Mayor's statement, see Minister for Transport Andrew Constance's media release or visit the Parramatta Light Rail homepage.

Contracts awarded for stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure has announced the awarding of the two major contracts to construct and operate Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail.

CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture was the successful infrastructure contractor and will be responsible for construction of the light rail track and slab, paving and other public domain works.

The Great River City Light Rail Consortium including Transdev Australasia and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) was the successful Supply, Operate, and Maintain (SOM) contractor. The SOM contractor is responsible for supplying vehicles, designing and construction of the stabling and maintenance facility, systems, and operation and maintenance.

Between these contractors, the Newcastle, Canberra and Gold Coast Stage 2 light rail networks were delivered, as are bus and light rail operation services across NSW.

The Minister also confirmed the final budget for the project as $2.4 billion, which includes these two major contracts, early and enabling works, road network upgrades, new bridges and active transport links, urban design, changes to the bus network and project costs from 2015-2023.

See the City of Parramatta media release on this announcement

Further information on the Parramatta Light Rail project is available on the Parramatta Light Rail page.

Remediation work at Camellia to commence

As part of the Parramatta Light Rail project, the proposed depot (Stabling and Maintenance facility) site at 6 Grand Avenue, Camellia, is being remediated to address chemical and asbestos contamination resulting from the land’s historical industrial use. For more information, see the factsheet, visit the Parramatta Light Rail website,or call the project information line on 1800 139 389.

Commencement date announced for Parramatta's 'Eat Street'

The NSW Government has given Parramatta’s premier dining strip ‘Eat Street’ a guarantee that major construction for the Parramatta Light Rail will not commence until at least 2020.

Transport for NSW advises smaller site investigation works will take place on Eat Street in 2019 with minimal disruption and that businesses and residents will be kept fully informed well ahead of these works commencing.

Parramatta Light Rail will begin associated road, traffic and remediation works later this year.

Transport for NSW has advised it is also investigating how Eat Street – defined as Church Street, between Palmer and George Streets – could benefit from a flexible construction schedule which works around the street’s busiest trading times, weekends, early evenings and holidays.

The NSW Government has announced it will provide free one-on-one business support development workshops, marketing and merchandising advice from a specialist support service and the establishment of Business Reference Groups.

For more information see the Parramatta Light Rail website or refer to the Minister for Transport media release

NSW Government announces Parramatta Light Rail enabling works contractor

The NSW Government has announced The Diona Ward Joint Venture (Diona Pty Ltd and Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering Pty Ltd) has been appointed to deliver the Parramatta Light Rail ‘Enabling Works’. Enabling Works are expected to begin in late 2018.

The contract encompasses the relocation of underground utilities, the modification or installation of traffic lights, road widening, the redirection of traffic flows and changes to parking.

George Street in the Parramatta CBD is set to become two-way, moving traffic through the heart of Parramatta more efficiently by redistributing traffic across the local road network.

Providing an alternative to Church Street, O’Connell Street will be widened to four lanes from Barney Street to Albert Street.

These works aim to increase road capacity to ensure traffic can move in and around the Parramatta area during construction and operation of the light rail.

The Enabling Works contract is the second of four major contracts announced to facilitate the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail.

A contract to remediate the planned light rail depot site was awarded in April 2018.

Contracts to deliver Infrastructure Works, and Supply, Operate and Maintain the Parramatta Light Rail are currently out to tender and will be awarded by the end of this year.

For further information, including factsheets, go to the Parramatta Light Rail website.

Critical state significant infrastructure project approval - stage 1 Parramatta Light Rail

On 30 May 2018, the NSW Government announced planning approval for Stage 1 of the Critical State Significant Infrastructure project.

Planning approval follows Council and community input on the Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project in 2017.

Council is pleased to see that the planning approval for Stage 1 includes conditions that address a number of concerns raised by Council and the community. For more details on the conditions, go to the Department of Planning and Environment website.

Some of the conditions placed on Transport for NSW for the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail system include:

  • requirements around construction hours
  • specific conditions around a grass track and wire-free running (no overhead wires)

Transport for NSW must also develop and prepare a number of reports:

  • Flood Management Plan to show the project will not adversely impact flooding
  • Operational Traffic, Transport and Access Performance Review to ensure the overall traffic system is working well
  • Urban Design Requirements Report to ensure a good urban design outcome for the project
  • Tree Offset Strategy and Flora and Fauna Management Sub Plan to protect biodiversity along the route
  • Business Activation Plan to support businesses during the construction period. A Business Reference Group to provide information on the project to the business community and to monitor and provide feedback on the implementation of the Business Activation Plan must also be established.

For more detail on the conditions, go to the Parramatta Light Rail Approval Condition Detail page.

The NSW Government also confirmed that Acciona, the contractor building the Sydney Light Rail Project, is not one of the short-listed companies being considered for the 12 kilometre two-way Parramatta Light Rail project.

While Transport for NSW has responsibility for the construction of the project, Council will continue to advocate for residents and local business to ensure the impacts of this major project are managed carefully.

Council will also work with Transport for NSW on business activation strategies to ensure businesses affected by construction of the Parramatta Light Rail project are supported throughout this time.

Next steps

Preliminary works for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail, including traffic control measures to facilitate construction, will begin in late 2018.

Main construction works for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail is expected to commence mid-to-late 2019.

Transport for NSW expects that construction and operation contracts will be awarded by the end of 2018 with further information regarding staged construction available soon after the appointment of a successful tenderer.

It is planned that passenger services, with a light rail service every 7.5 minutes in peak periods, will begin in 2023.

Documents and Resources

The Stage 1 Urban Design Requirements (Blue Book) establishes the principles, objectives and design responses to achieve design excellence for the Parramatta Light Rail.

View the Blue Book.

More information

To view the Planning Approval for Parramatta Light Rail, go to the Department of Planning and Environment website.

To view Parramatta Light Rail project information, go to the Parramatta Light Rail website.

To see City of Parramatta Council media releases on the Parramatta Light Rail, go to the Media Releases section.

To contact City of Parramatta Council about the Parramatta Light Rail project, email plrinfo@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au