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Parramatta Light rail gets the green light

Construction of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will begin in the next three years, with a $2 billion investment coming from the state government.

The investment follows recent NSW Planning Approval for the project, as well as Federal Environmental Approval.

The transport project will unlock development potential and deliver frequent and reliable public transport options for residents that moved into fast-growing suburbs like Wentworth Point.

The 12 kilometre alignment will link the Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point with 14 new stops, three new river crossings and 8.5km of new walking and cycling paths.

Passengers will be able to travel from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia in around 30 minutes, and on to the Parramatta CBD in another 7 minutes.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said the government is getting on with the job and building this essential project.

“People moved into the area with the promise of infrastructure that never arrived. The NSW Labor Government is now delivering,” he said.

“Stage 2 will directly link Parramatta to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct residents in Parramatta to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

“The light rail’s forecast to carry 28,000 passengers every day by 2026.  That’s a game-changer for communities around Parramatta – connecting venues, schools, shops and people for decades to come.”

Construction will be phased, with initial work to begin later this year on a new 320-metre public and active transport bridge over Parramatta River, between Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project is currently in testing and is on track to service tens of thousands of commuters in the coming months.

Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 is on track to open in the coming months.

“But we know there are more communities that need access to this vital infrastructure investment,” she said.

“This investment will get shovels in the ground and construction started before the end of this parliamentary term. Just as we promised.

“In 2041, 280,000 people are expected to live along the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 alignment.

They need frequent and reliable public transport services, and we’ll deliver it.”

Find out more about the Parramatta Light Rail project