THE NSW Government last week announced plans for stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project, with a final business case due to be completed in 2018 and an investment decision and details on the timing of construction to follow.
The first stage of the light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a 12-kilometre two-way track extending 12 kilometres. Construction of this first stage is scheduled to start in 2018, with services to commence operation in 2023.
The second stage of the project involves a nine-kilometre route that will connect with Stage 1 of the project and extend through the suburbs of Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and on to Sydney Olympic Park.
"I am pleased to announce Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 is another step closer to connecting Greater Parramatta to the booming sport, entertainment and employment hub at Sydney Olympic Park," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.
"The exciting plan supports new communities and the creation of public places between Camellia and Ermington and future development planned for Melrose Park," she said.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the NSW Government has started work on a business case for the preferred route north of Parramatta River which he said is considered the best option to achieve a fully integrated transport and land use plan for the precincts.
"We are going to finalise a business case for this project by the end of 2018 and are working with communities to ensure we can maximise the potential for this option," Mr Constance said.
"We know it will provide a direct, frequent and reliable public transport connection for these areas and connects the new Western Sydney University campus at Sydney Olympic Park with its three campuses serviced by Stage 1.
"Light rail will also realise Sydney Olympic Park's potential as Sydney's premier destination for cultural, entertainment, recreation and sporting events, as well as linking businesses and residents in surrounding areas."
The Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 1 of the project was on exhibition until 23 October and expressions of interest have been sought to design and construct, supply, operate and maintain the network.