Monday, 30 October 2017 13:28

Parramatta welcomes second stage of light rail

Artist's impression of Parramatta Light Rail heading towards Olympic Park. Artist's impression of Parramatta Light Rail heading towards Olympic Park. Transport for NSW

 

City of Parramatta Council says the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail will provide a much needed public transport link for existing and future communities in the Parramatta Local Government area and beyond.

The NSW Government has announced the nine kilometre preferred route will extend from Carter Street, Lidcombe through Sydney Olympic Park and Wentworth Point before crossing the Parramatta River to Melrose Park, Ermington, Rydalmere and Camellia.

Stage two will have 10-12 stops with travel times of around 25 minutes from Olympic Park to Camellia and a further eight minutes to the Parramatta CBD.

Stage one of the project connects Camellia with Carlingford as well as Westmead via the Parramatta CBD.

Welcoming today’s announcement, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said the stage two alignment would connect with areas in desperate need of public transport.

“This is a great outcome for the Parramatta community, particularly residents of the Olympic Peninsula, Ermington, Rydalmere and Melrose Park. I would like to thank Premier Berejiklian, Transport Minister Constance and Dr Geoff Lee MP for their foresight and support of this important project,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Council has had a long-standing vision for a light rail network servicing our region and we are excited that the project has now reached this significant milestone.

“Today’s announcement is an important confirmation of the State Government’s commitment to Greater Parramatta as Sydney’s Central City and the millions of people who live in close proximity,” Cr Wilson said.

The Lord Mayor said Council looked forward to the light rail project being part of an integrated transport network which would also include existing suburban line connections, the future Sydney Metro West and bus and ferry services.

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