Parramatta Light Rail construction ramps up

The Parramatta community will soon see major construction work commence towards the Parramatta Light Rail. Fencing and hoardings are to be installed along the future route from January 2020, and construction sites established, according to NSW government member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee.

From February 2020, Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets will become a pedestrian only zone, with mobile work sites established for utility relocation work. From June 2020, major work will commence.

Major work will include the building of light rail bridges, pouring of 60,000 tonnes of concrete, and moving more than 215,000 tonnes of earth in Greater Parramatta.

Work will begin once the single-track T6 Carlingford Line has been closed for conversion to the dual-track light rail. The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is set to open in 2023.

Early and enabling works, including site investigation work, took place in 2019, in preparation for major construction. More than 1000 underground site investigations have taken place so far, in order to identify known utility services, such as water, gas, telecommunications and electricity, under the light rail route.

“The community will start to see work ramping up with fencing and hoardings installed along the future light rail route, and construction sites established,” Lee said.

“We know these works will involve some disruption and it’s not going to be easy. It’s our priority to manage the project carefully and minimise the impacts of construction on businesses and the community.”

“Transport for NSW has spent more than three years carefully planning and undertaking detailed investigations to reduce the risk of encountering unknown underground utilities, heritage finds and contamination.”

Lee has said that if, during construction, unknown utilities or heritage items are encountered, there is a “robust process in place to allow effective preservation or localised removal on site”.