The second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project will extend services to Sydney Olympic Park, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Wednesday.
As development continues towards Stage 1 of the project, the premier said planning for Stage 2 is now formally underway, and is expected to be completed throughout 2018.
The current preferred route for Stage 2 is a 9-kilometre addition to Stage 1, north of the Parramatta River through Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and on to Sydney Olympic Park.
“I am pleased to announce Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 is another step closer to connecting Greater Parramatta to the booming sport, entertainment and employment hub at Sydney Olympic Park,” Berejiklian said.
“The exciting plan supports new communities and the creation of public places between Camellia and Ermington and future development planned for Melrose Park.
Transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance said the NSW Government has started work on a business case for the preferred route north of Parramatta River which is considered the best option to achieve a fully integrated transport and land use plan for the precincts.
“We are going to finalise a business case for this project by the end of 2018 and are working with communities to ensure we can maximise the potential for this option,” Constance said.
“We know it will provide a direct, frequent and reliable public transport connection for these areas and connects the new Western Sydney University campus at Sydney Olympic Park with its three campuses serviced by Stage 1.
“Light rail will also realise Sydney Olympic Park’s potential as Sydney’s premier destination for cultural, entertainment, recreation and sporting events, as well as linking businesses and residents in surrounding areas,” he added.
An investment decision on Stage 2 of the project would follow a final business case.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 1 of the light rail project remains on exhibition until October 23, and expressions of interest continue to be sought to design and construct, supply, operate and maintain the network.
Construction on Stage 1 will start in 2018, pending planning approval and will begin operating in 2023, the State Government says.