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Parramatta Light Rail

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1

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.

More information

If you have questions about this project you can call the 24 hour community information line on 1800 139 389.

If you have questions for Council about this project you can get in touch at plrinfo@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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May update

Upcoming work and road closures, Charles Street and Church Street

Changed conditions at Macquarie and Charles streets

Charles Street, between Union and Little streets, will be closed 7pm Friday to 7am Monday on the following three weekends, weather permitting:

  • Friday 7 May 2021 to Monday 10 May 2021
  • Friday 14 May 2021 to Monday 17 May 202.

The intersection will also be closed continuously from 7pm Friday 25 June to 7am Monday 12 July 2021.

Additional closures may be in operation between Monday 17 May and Friday 25 June if required to complete work.

Work will include:

  • removal of existing pavement and excavation of existing road
  • installation of drainage and services
  • concrete pours and track installation
  • footpath work
  • reinstating the roadway after the work is complete.

Charles Street will remain closed to traffic between Union and Little Streets. Local access is maintained for residents and businesses in Union Street and Little Street.

See the latest Parramatta Light Rail (Parramatta CBD) construction update.

Church Street

Church Street, between Victoria Road and Palmer Street, will be closed for track installation work from 8pm Friday 7 May to 5am Saturday 10 July 2021.

During this time, Palmer Street will be closed at Church Street intermittently from 7am to 5pm, with access and egress via Sorrell Street. 

For more detailed information including the community notification for detailed updates on the work. 
 

The Church Street closure (from Dunlop Street to Pennant Hills Road) will be extended to Monday 21 June 2021.

See the community notification for detailed information on the work. 

Further information:

For further information or assistance, please contact Parramatta Light Rail 24 hour community information line on 1800 139 389 or email ParramattaLightRail@transport.nsw.gov.au  


April update

1 April to 19 April 2021 – Intersection closure at Church and Phillip streets, Parramatta

Road and intersection closure at Macquarie and Charles Streets intersection, Parramatta

Phillip Street between Freemason Arms Lane and Phillip Lane will be closed from 7pm Thursday 1 April to 7am Monday 19 April 2021. These works will take place 24 hours a day during the closure.

Work will include:

  • cutting, excavation and removal of the existing road
  • high levels of noise anticipated at times are scheduled along Parramatta’s ‘Eat Street’ (Church Street between George and Palmer Streets) during standard construction hours (7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday) or 12am to 8am where required.
  • services and drainage installation
  • concrete pours for light rail track slab installation
  • track installation
  • reinstating the roadway when work is completed.

Alternative traffic access will be available via Macquarie and George Streets during these works.

1 April to 19 April 2021 – Road and intersection closure at Macquarie and Charles Streets, Parramatta

The intersection of Charles and Macquarie Streets will be closed from 7am on Wednesday 7 April to 7am Monday 19 April. Most work will be carried out during the day from 7am to 7pm. Some work will also be carried out at night from 7pm to 5am, including weekends.

Work will include:

  • cutting, excavation and removal of the existing road
  • services and drainage installation
  • concrete pours for light rail track slab installation
  • track installation
  • reinstating the roadway when work is completed.

Traffic and pedestrian detours will be in place. Access will be made available for residents and businesses via Barrack Lane and Argus Lane.

Project information


February – March 2021 update

Work planned for February and March 2021 includes:

  • Relocating utilities including drainage, telecommunications, water, electricity and gas is continuing along the alignment.
  • Track work progressing with installation of track drainage, services, formwork, track slab and rail.
  • Track concrete pours continuing at Hawkesbury Road, Cumberland Health Precinct, Church Street, Macquarie Street, George Street and Tramway Street. 
  • Road work including kerbs, gutters and driveways is being carried out during and after track work.
  • Property adjustments including retaining walls, driveways and utility connections.
  • Tree removal is being carried out where necessary to enable construction.
  • Construction started on the new light rail bridge beside the existing bridge over Parramatta River at Cumberland.
  • Establishing a new work compound at Queens Wharf Reserve for micro tunnelling and drainage work.
  • Continuing to construct the steel arch forming the new James Ruse Drive bridge for the light rail and Active Transport Link next to Rosehill Bowling Club.
  • Constructing the Active Transport Link alongside the light rail corridor between Camellia and Carlingford.
  • Trenching for low voltage electrical connections to power the Carlingford Driver Facility and Active Transport Link lighting.
  • Drainage work at Adderton Road, Telopea and Kissing Point Road, Dundas.

Traffic changes will continue to allow access to work areas. Major traffic changes are:

  • Alternate closures of Jessie Street, Caroline Street and Queens Road at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead.
  • Closure of intersection of Factory, Fleet and New Streets, North Parramatta.
  • Closures of Factory Street, North Parramatta.
  • Closures of O’Connell Street, North Parramatta southbound at night. Detour via Church Street.
  • Closures of Church Street between Dunlop Street and Pennant Hills Road. Detour via O’Connell Street.
  • Closure of Church Street between Macquarie Street and Market Street.
  • Closures of Phillip Street between Freemason Arms Lane and Phillip Lane at weekends.
  • Closures of Macquarie Street between O’Connell Street and Harris Street at weekends.

See the latest Parramatta Light Rail construction updates

December 2020 – January 2021 update

Work planned for December 2020 and January 2021 includes:

  • Relocation of utilities including drainage, telecommunications, water, electricity and gas is continuing along the alignment and will be completed in some areas over December and January.
  • Tree removal is carried out where necessary to enable construction, in line with environmental approvals.
  • Preliminary track work has started in sections of the alignment and involves installation of track drainage, track slab and track form.
  • Road work including kerbs, gutters and driveways will be carried out during and after preliminary track work.

Traffic changes will continue to allow relocation of, and access to, work areas. Planned major traffic changes in January:

Westmead

  • Alternate closures of Jessie Street, Caroline Street and Queens Road at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
  • Closures of Hawkesbury Road southbound between Darcy Road and Queens Road, Westmead
  • Realignment of traffic lanes along Hawkesbury Road, Darcy Road and Hainsworth Street.

North Parramatta

  • Closures of Church Street between Barney Street, North Parramatta and Market Street, Parramatta
  • Closures of Pennant Hills Road and Grose Street at Church Street, Parramatta
  • Lane closures at the intersection of Factory and O’Connell Streets, North Parramatta
  • Lane closures at the intersection of Church Street and Victoria Road, Parramatta
  • Continued closure of the Factory, Fleet and New Streets intersection until late January
  • Realignment of traffic lanes on Factory Street, North Parramatta early in 2021.

Parramatta CBD

  • Macquarie Street closed between Marsden and Smith Streets from 8pm Friday 4 December to 6am Monday 7 December
  • Macquarie Street closed between Smith Street and Horwood Place from 8pm Friday 11 December to 6am Monday 4 January
  • United Lane closed at Macquarie Street from 8pm Monday 18 January to 6am Sunday 28 February 2021
  • Lane closures of George Street between Purchase Street and Alfred Street in January.

Camellia to Carlingford

Work to modify the existing Adderton bridge in Telopea will include a full closure of Adderton Road in both directions between Leamington Road and Winter Street from Tuesday 29 December 2020 to Wednesday 27 January 2021.

The work will include construction of the Active Transport Link for cyclists and pedestrians under the existing bridge and utility work including adjustment of power poles and water utilities.

‘Eat Street’ light rail works fast-tracked

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Workers laying the new footpath on Eat Street, hoarding surrounding the site

Major light rail construction on Parramatta’s ‘Eat Street’ dining strip will be fast-tracked for completion in mid-2021, returning the precinct to outdoor dining as quickly as possible.

Amending the construction schedule in response to COVID-19 will see work continue through a previously planned three-month construction break, bringing forward the completion of major construction.

Transport for NSW consulted with the Parramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group and Eat Street businesses about whether to fast-track the works in lieu of the planned grace period and ninety per cent of those who voted were in favour of fast-tracking.

A celebration of the completion of major construction, known as ‘Eat Street Uncovered’, will now take place from August 2021 before the second phase of light rail works – installation of light rail stops, testing and commissioning – begins.

Light rail tracks are expected to be laid in January 2021.

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Previous updates
  • 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
  • Westmead and 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.
  • 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 statementsee Minister for Transport Andrew Constance's media release or visit the Parramatta Light Rail homepage.

  • 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.

    City of Parramatta Welcomes Light Rail Contract Announcement
  • 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.

    View the Remediation Works - Camellia fact sheet
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

    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.

    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.

    Go to the approval condition detail (Stage 1)

Next steps

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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

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