Tuesday 23rd Jul, 2019

Parramatta’s wire-free sections defined

Parramatta Light Rail at Sydney Olympic Park. Artist's impression: NSW Government

The NSW Government has clearly defined which sections of the planned Parramatta Light Rail line will be catenary free, with approximately four kilometres of wireless railway proposed.

The state in December 2018 announced winning bidders to build stage one of Parramatta Light Rail, and said plans were in place for wire-free operations along certain sections of the project.

This week the state released a map of the project, showing 16 stops between Carlingford and Westmead via Rydalmere, Camellia, the Parramatta CBD and North Parramatta.

It shows trams will operate catenary-free between Stop 1 at Westmead and Stop 4 at Cumberland Hospital, and between Stop 7 at Prince Alfred Square and Stop 11 at Tramway Avenue.



“Vehicles will be equipped with roof-mounted batteries that are charged via overhead wires and ground level conductor rails at the Westmead Station stop,” the state said.

The trams will be 45 metres long and capable of holding up to 300 passengers each.

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