The first sod has been turned for major construction works on the Parramatta Light Rail project, which aims to transform the Greater Parramatta region.
Works are ramping up on the high-frequency light rail project that will span 12 kilometres from Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.
NSW Acting Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the announcement marks a significant step on a project that will improve transport connectivity in Sydney.
“We’ve already hit the ground running with the decommissioning works along the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail,” Toole said.
“Some disruption is unavoidable, which is why we will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need.”
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“Transport for NSW will also pause construction from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period.
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the project was a major win for the region, as it would support the creation of new communities.
“This Parramatta Light Rail will bring people living in Greater Parramatta together with a safe and efficient public transport network,” Lee said.
“It will improve connections to popular key destinations across the region, while also linking into Sydney’s greater public transport networks.
From February, Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets will be closed to traffic, with diversions in place.
The project is expected to open in 2023.