Preferred Parramatta Light Rail Route now confirmed
There’s good news for Western Sydney residents as the preferred route for the Parramatta Light Rail Project has now been unveiled.
Parramatta CBD will soon be connected to Sydney Olympic Park, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney University and Strathfield through Western Sydney’s light rail network.
This new Parramatta Light Rail project will be built within a 22km corridor and was unveiled by NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Minister for planning Rob Stokes.
Mr Baird says, “We’re delivering a modern, efficient and reliable light rail network for Western Sydney. The light rail network will help Parramatta reach its potential as Sydney’s second CBD and be a major boost to existing public transport services in Western Sydney.”
This new light rail network will also boost Western Sydney’s economy and supply thousands of jobs in the area.
The NSW Government had four short-listed corridors to choose from and the preferred option comprises a combination of two of these options. The four options put forward would connect Parramatta to one of the following: Castle Hill, Macquarie Park, Olympic Park or Bankstown.
The preferred route runs from Westmead to Strathfield via Parramatta CBD and incorporates Camellia and Sydney Olympic Park. There will also be a light rail line branching to Carlingford which will replace the existing heavy rail shuttle.
Mr Constance said: “Light rail will be a fantastic new public transport option for Western Sydney – we’ve started building in Sydney’s CBD, Newcastle light rail is on track and now progress for Western Sydney is about to crack on.”
Mr Stokes added “This will be a game changer for Sydney’s second CBD – the preferred route provides the most opportunity for new jobs and urban renewal.”
It is believed that this new light rail network will also help Parramatta’s CBD which is also undergoing a huge regeneration. The new light rail will also help boost the existing public transport services in the Western Sydney region, which is currently connected by trains and bus routes.
The final business case and assessment of the preferred network will now need to be looked at before it is finalised. Tasks involved with this include planning, design and consultation with key stakeholders along the network to develop the staging of the project, the exact light rail route and stops, and the final project cost.
The NSW Government has already reserved $1 billion for the Parramatta Light Rail network and will be looking for further funding contributions from the federal and local governments.
There will also be a Special Infrastructure Contribution implemented and the levy is expected to be set at approximately $200 per square metre of gross floor area of new residential developments subject to consultation.
This SIC funding is reserved for Parramatta Light Rail and associated infrastructure such as new road upgrades and new schools.
As well as a light rail route planned for Sydney’s West; the Sydney CBD is also currently undergoing dramatic redevelopment for the new light rail which will run from Circular Quay towards Central.
Published on 18th of December 2015 by Marty Stanowich