In the Sydney northwest area, there is a district named Parramatta. Here the Australian government is building a totally new light rail route that will connect Parramatta with the Train line T2 at Westmead Station and on Parramatta Square station. Parts of the light rail line will use a railway section that was in use until the 5th of January 2020.
It is great to see Australia moving on with new Light Rail projects!
The new Light Rail line is expected to open in 2023. It will run from west to east and then back. This will be the stations on the route:
Westmead Station (T2 Trains) – Westmead Hospital – Children’s Hospital at Westmead – Cumberland Hospital – Factory Street – Fennell Street – Prince Alfred Street – Eat Street – Parmatta Square (T2 Trains) – Harris Street – Tramway Avenue – Camellia – Rydalmere – Dundas – Telopea – Carlingford
Rosehill station is getting abandoned it seems. Distrita thinks that any stations shouldn’t be abandoned. This one should have another light rail line going to it. Other than that this area is getting a huge facelift.
Here are some of the most important FAQ questions and answers
What is the Parramatta Light Rail route?
Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. It will connect Parramatta’s CBD to the key areas being transformed by the NSW Government and private investment, including the Westmead Precinct, the Cumberland Campus, the Camellia Town Centre, the Telopea Precinct, and Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Rydalmere and Parramatta CBD.
What else is along the route?
The light rail route encompasses major attractions including the vibrant Parramatta Square, the cafés and restaurants on Church Street, the Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, new schools including the redeveloped Arthur Phillip High School, and the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
What are the key features of the project?
Key features of the Parramatta Light Rail include 16 highly accessible stops; regular services from early morning to late at night, including services every 7.5 minutes during peak periods; driver-operated; integrated Opal ticketing, and modern and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a capacity of at least 250 passengers in each vehicle.
When will Parramatta Light Rail construction begin and when will it open?
Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail has begun and is expected to open in 2023.
How much will Parramatta Light Rail cost?
The Parramatta Light Rail is part of a $2.4 billion program. This budget includes two major contracts to build and operate the light rail, remediation works of the future light rail depot site, road and traffic works and upgrades, new bridges, walking and bike riding paths, urban design, changes to the bus network and project costs from 2015-2023.
Will the project impact parking or trees?
The Parramatta Light Rail will bring visitors into the region and make it easier for workers and residents to move around new and existing communities. There will be impacts on-street parking and some trees across the network, including in and around Parramatta CBD. Transport for NSW will continue to work on ways to minimize any loss of parking and trees during the design phase of the project. For more information, refer to the Parking fact sheet or Trees fact sheet.
Will the project have an impact on the heritage of the Parramatta region?
A. The Parramatta Light Rail has been designed to minimize impacts on the important heritage landmarks and items across the Parramatta region and will use existing road and rail corridors to limit these impacts. However, there will be some impacts on both Aboriginal archaeological sites and non-Aboriginal heritage items.
Salvage excavations will be undertaken at some of the Aboriginal archaeological sites. Where direct impacts on non-Aboriginal heritage items cannot be avoided, we will seek to protect and conserve items such as looking for ways to incorporate materials for public art and heritage displays in and around the light rail route and sharing findings from our archaeological research.
We will work closely with local community groups and organizations to ensure we preserve and maintain the heritage of the local area and, where possible, avoid handling items of significance. The consultation will continue to be carried out with the Office of Environment and Heritage (Heritage Division) during design development as required.
Will I be able to travel to the Sydney CBD from Carlingford?
The single track of the Carlingford heavy rail line is being replaced with dual track light rail that will provide more frequent services and better connections to town centres, including the Parramatta CBD, from where you can connect to trains at the Parramatta interchange.
How long will the T6 Carlingford Rail Line be shut down?
From 5 January 2020, the T6 Carlingford Line will permanently close for the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail. A new bus route, the 535, will operate between Carlingford, Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, Camellia/Rosehill, and the Parramatta CBD, every 15 minutes during busy periods. Customers wishing to travel to Clyde will need to interchange at Parramatta for rail service. Standard train fare will apply. For more information, refer to T6 Carlingford Line closure frequently asked questions.
Are there plans to extend the Parramatta Light Rail to Epping?
Investigations to date have identified Carlingford to Epping as a future dedicated public transport corridor, and light rail as a potential transport mode will be considered as part of any future planning in this area. Customers between Epping and Macquarie Park already enjoy good heavy rail services and the recently opened Sydney Metro Northwest line.
Light Rail routes is coming more and more everywhere. Parramatta area will get a fantastic lift with this new light rail system going there. It is all started on the 5th of January 2020. It will be built within 2023 it is said. So if you plan to go to this area within the next 3 years then expect some works here and there. Bus line 535 will take you to most of the places in the area during the construction period.
Distrita will follow this up. Also do not forget to read our extensive coverage of the Australian Light Rail systems.