About Parramatta Light Rail

Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s latest major infrastructure projects being delivered to serve a growing Sydney. Light rail will create new communities, connect great places and help both locals and visitors move around and explore what the region has to offer.


Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres, and is expected to open in 2023. The route will link Parramatta’s CBD and train station to the Westmead Health precinct, Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program, the new Western Sydney Stadium, the Camellia Precinct, the new Powerhouse Museum and Riverside Theatres Cultural Hub, the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and three Western Sydney University campuses.


In October 2017, the NSW Government announced the preferred route for Stage 2 which will connect the Parramatta CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park along a 9 kilometre route.


For more information, refer to the Parramatta Light Rail factsheet or Library.


Working with businesses

Transport for NSW has employed four place managers who have been regularly talking to the business community to gain a better understanding of how businesses operate and to provide information and updates.


Planning to assist businesses during the construction phase has already commenced with the Parramatta Light Rail team and Transport for NSW’s Sydney Coordination Office working with business groups and City of Parramatta to develop activities and events that will bring people into the Parramatta CBD and across the wider area.


Transport for NSW will also link businesses directly with the Department of Industry’s Business Connect program, which provides advice and support to enhance businesses before, during and after construction of light rail.

What’s happening now?


What’s happening now?

Transport for NSW is currently reviewing submissions made on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1, which was on public exhibition between 23 August and 23 October 2017. You can still view the EIS using the innovative EIS Navigator here.


Transport for NSW will prepare a submissions report to respond to issues raised which will be made available to the public. Approval from the NSW Minister for Planning is required before Transport for NSW can proceed with construction.


Four contracts to build, operate and maintain Parramatta Light Rail will be progressively awarded in 2018.



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