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Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 receives federal approval

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 has received final project planning approval after the Federal Minister for Environment and Water endorsed the Western Sydney mega project.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 has received final project planning approval after the Federal Minister for Environment and Water endorsed the Western Sydney mega project.

The Federal approval covers the full project, which will connect Stage 1 and the Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.

The first phase of delivery is the construction of a new 320-metre public and active transport bridge over Parramatta River between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park.

State planning approval was granted in February 2024 and came after the NSW Government allocated an additional $200 million in the 2023-24 NSW Budget to expedite the project’s planning processes.

The bridge will provide a much-needed active and public transport link to connect the growing communities north and south of the river, unlocking the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Park peninsula.

Procurement to deliver the $602.4 million bridge works is currently underway, with the contract for enabling works expected to be awarded later this year. Major construction work on the bridge is expected to begin in 2025.

The planning and design phase is being further developed through consultation with the community and stakeholders.