Early works have begun on the Parramatta Light Rail, with intersection upgrades, new traffic light installation, landscaping and traffic adjustments underway.
Work recently commenced on Parramatta’s George and O’Connell Streets ahead of major construction work on the 12-kilometre line to connect Westmead to Carlingford, via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.
The NSW Government recently awarded a pair of major contracts to deliver the $2.4 billion project, which will include four kilometres of catenary-free rail.
Parramatta Light Rail program director Tim Poole said many of the enabling works were not on the route itself, but were instead to improve traffic flow in Parramatta during and after construction.
“Greater Parramatta is experiencing significant growth so these works will play a part in accommodating the way people move in and out of Parramatta,” Poole said.
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“We’re preparing for tomorrow today with these works that will minimise disruption to local roads when the main light rail construction begins in 2019.”
The enabling works will make George Street two-way in the Parramatta CBD. O’Connell will be widened to four lanes from Barney to Albert Street.
Mr. Poole said 130,000 people will live within walking distance of Parramatta Light Rail stops by 2026.
“Getting our roads right is a vital part of delivering a transport network that will cater for the area’s growing population,” he said.
“We’re heading towards an exciting time for the people of Greater Parramatta and Western Sydney, and the Parramatta Light Rail will play an integral part.”
Around 28,000 passengers are forecast to use Parramatta Light Rail every day. Construction is set to begin this year.