NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week joined Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance to unveil the preferred route for the first stage of Parramatta Light Rail, which will join Westmead to Parramatta and Carlingford via Camellia.
The preferred 12 kilometre line includes potential stops at Westmead, Westmead Hospital, Children's Hospital, Cumberland Hospital, Eat Street, Parramatta Square, Camellia, Rydalmere, Dundas, Telopea and Carlingford.
Mr Constance said the proposed 16 accessible stops would operate services from early morning to late at night, including every 7 and a half minutes throughout the day.
"Customers won't have to wait long for a service, they'll tap on with Opal and board with ease and comfort," Mr Constance said, adding that there will also be extra services for special events.
Stage one of the new network connects the major health precinct at Westmead to three campuses of Western Sydney University, Parramatta North, new revitalised places in the Parramatta CBD, upgraded schools, Rosehill Racecourse as well as the new Western Sydney Stadium.
Planning work for stage two of the project, from Camellia to Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park, is being developed in collaboration with Sydney Metro West. Stage two planning work is expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.
The NSW Government has allocated $1 billion to the project from the Restart NSW and Rebuilding NSW funds.
Work is continuing to progress the final business case, which will be further advanced once the stop locations are confirmed following the next phase of community consultation. The consultation will also contribute towards finalising the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) before it is placed on public exhibition in mid-2017.