Last Friday, the first sod was turned turned for major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail project, which will transform the Greater Parramatta region. The Parramatta Light Rail will bring people living in Greater Parramatta together with a safe and efficient public transport network, connections to popular key destinations across the region, while also linking into Sydney’s greater public transport networks. The new 12-kilometre high-frequency light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is set to open in 2023.
Some works have already begun with the decommissioning of the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail. Transport for NSW is working to minimise the impacts of construction on businesses and the local community. While some disruption is unavoidable, TfNSW will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need. TfNSW will also pause construction from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period.
Since last Saturday, Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets was closed to traffic, with diversions in place. Motorists are encouraged to use Marsden and Smith Streets. The free 900 shuttle bus service will also run on a new route along George Street in the Parramatta CBD.
For more information, visit parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au.