The New South Wales Government's Parramatta Light Rail project involves the construction of over 20 kilometres of light rail. Designed to be a turn-up-and-go service, the line links key precincts across Western Sydney. Through interchanges with existing rail, bus and ferry terminals the light rail will also be closely integrated with the wider Sydney transport network. The project is being delivered in two stages:
- Stage One: Westmead to Carlingford, and
- Stage Two: Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park.
The 12 kilometre Stage One of the project links Parramatta’s CBD and train station to the Westmead Health Precinct, Cumberland Hospital, the Bankwest Stadium, Camellia Town Centre, New Powerhouse Museum, Telopea housing development, Rosehill Racecourse and three of the Western Sydney University campuses. Stage One delivery is packaged under two major contracts, named:
- the Infrastructure Package, and
- the Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) Package.
Stage One is currently under delivery and due for completion in 2023.
The preferred route for Stage Two will connect Stage One and the Parramatta CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park.
|Dec 2018||Contract Award for Stage One|
|Dec 2023||Expected Construction Completion for Stage One|
Stage One of the project has an estimated cost of $2.4 billion. 2020-21 NSW Budget indicated that over $1 billion has been spent by 30 June 2020, and allocated $1.4 billion over the Budget's four-year estimate period to complete the project. To date Stage Two has received $20 million and $2 million respectively in 2018-19 and 2019-20 NSW Budgets, to progress planning.
|Procuring Agency:||Transport for NSW|
|May 2018||Ventia was awarded the Early Works contract for Stage One of the project, with work expected to begin in July 2018.|
|Dec 2018||The NSW Government awarded the Great River City Light Rail consortium the Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package.|
|Dec 2018||The NSW Government awarded the CPB Contractors Downer EDI Joint Venture the Infrastructure Package for Stage One.|
|Nov 2020||2020-21 NSW State Budget indicated that over $1 billion has been expended to June 2020 on Stage One of the project, and allocated $1.4 billion over the four-year estimate period to complete Stage One.|
|Jun 2021||The NSW Government announced $50 million in funding for Stage Two.|