Regional connections

The City of Parramatta has been lobbying for improved public transport, including light rail; developing local and regional ring roads to better manage traffic flow; working to relocate commuter car parking to the CBD periphery; and developing park and ride facilities.

Increase in people using public transport for journeys to work

The number of people using Parramatta Railway Station has increased.

Railway station

Barrier counts through Parramatta station (24hrs)

  • 2012
  • 2014

How do people who work in the City of Parramatta employment areas commute to their selected
employment destination?

Mode Share for all places of residence

  • 65% Vehicle driver
  • 17% Train
  • 6% Vehicle passenger
  • 6% Bus
  • 4% Walked only
  • 2% Mode not stated
  • 1% Other mode
  • 0% Ferry/Tram
Pie bang-animation-chart

Total of 86,528 people included in this count.
The data is based on the 2011 Journey to Work Data
(the most up to date resource available).

Ferry patronage

In 2013, The Parramatta Ferry Service celebrated 20 years of service since it was reinstated in 1993 after an 85 year absence.

Ferry Patronage (2007 - 2015)

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

69% of residents and business owners were satisfied
or very satisfied with Council’s efforts in promoting
sustainable transport options.

Promoting sustainable transport options

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Council is committed to providing sustainable transport options.

Future projects

50,000 people already work in the Parramatta CBD.

Parramatta CBD

In 2040, 1.5 million people are expected to come to Western Sydney each day.

1.5 million people

1.5 million people

Parramatta is already Sydney’s fourth busiest train station. As Parramatta continues to grow, the city will need to address the challenge of how to best meet the changing needs of our dynamic population.

4th busiest train station

4th busiest station

Announcement of the Light Rail Network in Parramatta

Light rail

Discussions around the
‘Fast Rail’

Fast Rail
City of Parramatta is 30 minutes of Sydney by train

Innovation in Transport

In 2015, the City of Parramatta hosted a conference targeting over 330 key influential government officials, politicians and private businesses and gained significant media coverage. This resulted in:

  • Prime Minister announcing that Federal Government and NSW State Government would further investigate a fast train connection from Sydney CBD to Badgerys Creek Airport.
  • A budget announcement for a ‘New Cities’ Plan to include better fast rail connections to Australian cities.
A crane holds a train


Percentage of satisfaction with the
condition of local roads.

Condition of local roads

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Percentage of satisfaction with
local traffic management and signs.

Local traffic management and signs

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

In 2014/15 we completed


road improvement projects

A car on the road

Digital connections

Parramatta City Council’s Smart City Vision:

Parramatta will be a Smart City that leverages the foundations of good urban planning, transparent governance, open data and enabling technologies that will underpin our position as a vibrant, people-centric, connected and economically prosperous city

City connected

To achieve this aim, in August 2015, Parramatta City Council adopted a Smart City Masterplan which will guide the integration of leading-edge technology and future planning designs in new developments across the city.

Local connections

The City of Parramatta has been promoting walking, cycling and public transport and managing traffic to minimise its impacts.

Increase in people walking and cycling, particularly for local journeys within their neighbourhoods

Council is committed to improving local connections within Parramatta and significant progress has been made between 2012-2015 towards achieving this goal.

During the period from 2012-2015, City of Parramatta Council has worked with RMS, the Federal Government and Transport for NSW to deliver a range of quality projects that have focused on improving connectivity within our community.

In April 2015, the northern portal of the Lennox Bridge opened. Parramatta Park through to Sydney Olympic Park is now connected with a cycle and pedestrian path.

Lennox Bridge opened

Cycling Participation Rates


of residents and business owners within the Parramatta Community are satisfied or very satisfied with the provision of cycle ways and facilities.

Parramatta Valley Cycleway

14,000 cyclists a month are using the Parramatta Valley Cycleway and this number is continuing to increase.

Satisfaction with provision of cycle ways and facilities

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Footpaths Installed

In 2015, 68% of residents and business owners were satisfied or very satisfied with Council’s maintenance of footpaths.

Road in heart shape

In 2014/15, we spent $30 million in maintaining and improving our footpaths, roads and drainage

Satisfaction with maintenance of footpaths

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

27.77km of new footpath was constructed in the 4 years from 2008 to 2012 which exceeds our target of 5.7km per year (or 22.8km over 4 years).

New footpath constructed from 2008 to 2012


Target over 4 years


From 2012 to December 2015, 31.57km of footpath was constructed.


31.57km of footpaths

In 2014/15, Community Safety Officers conducted 652 school safety patrols to improve safety for students and to enforce and educate drivers on the importance of obeying parking restrictions in school zones.

Road safety officers

In 2014/15, we increased pedestrian and road safety, completing 18 local traffic projects.

Road works sign