While more than $500 million has been allocated to the 12-kilometre first stage Parramatta Light Rail in 2020/21, there is no mention of the second stage in this year’s State budget. However, there has been a lot of media coverage around this over the past month in response to the Business Association and other’s concerns about this uncertainty.
Following is a list of media reports about the issues of funding for, and government commitment to, Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2.
18 Nov – Daily Telegraph, NSW Budget 2020: Parramatta Light Rail stage two not funded.
17 Nov – SMH, ‘Sent to purgatory’: Parramatta light rail extension starved of funding.
16 Nov – Parramatta Advertiser, Parramatta Light Rail: Tracks laid at Westmead, stage 2 in doubt.
12 Nov – SMH, ‘Why rip everything up’: Parramatta light rail stage two in serious doubt.
11 Nov – Parramatta Advertiser, Parramatta’s NSW Budget wish list prioritises transport.
15 November – ABC News (includes interview with Business Association CEO Allison Taylor).
12 November – ABC, 7, 9 & 10 News.
13 November – 2GB, Ray Hadley.