Project

Parramatta Light Rail

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Parramatta Light Rail

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.

Key Dates

Dec 2018 Contract Award for Stage One
Dec 2023 Expected Construction Completion for Stage One

Funding contributions

NSW Government

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.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Stage One - Early Works
Successful Tenderer - Ventia

Stage One - Enabling Works
Successful Tenderer - Diona Ward Joint Venture

Stage One - Infrastructure Package
Successful Tenderer - CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Joint Venture

Stage One - Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package
Successful Tenderer - Great River City Light Rail consortium

PROJECT HISTORY

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.
Estimated Total Cost
(2020)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Project website
Parramatta Light Rail
Government resources
Project maps
Fact sheets
Major Contract

Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two

Stage Two preferred route connects Stage One and the Parramatta CBD at Rydalmere and runs east through Ermington, Melrose Park and Meadowbank, before crossing the Parramatta River into Wentworth Point, passing through Silverwater and terminating at Sydney Olympic Park. 

An alternative route for Stage Two, that connects with Stage One at Camellia, before running east and crossing Parramatta River to Rydalmere, is also being considered by the NSW Government.

Broadly, the Stage Two of Parramatta Light Rail comprises of:

  • ten kilometres of two-way light rail track
  • about 10 to 12 stops
  • connections to Sydney Metro West, heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, and
  • connections to Sydney Ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.

Planning for Stage Two is being developed in collaboration with the Sydney Metro West project.

Funding contributions

NSW Government

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2017 The NSW Government released the preferred route for Stage Two of Parramatta Light Rail. The ten kilometre, 10 to 12 stop preferred route connects with Stage One at Rydalmere and runs east through Ermington, Melrose Park and Meadowbank, before crossing the Parramatta River south into Wentworth Point, passing through Silverwater and terminating at Sydney Olympic Park. The Government is also considering an alternative connection for Stage Two, that connects Stage One at Camellia, before running east and crossing Parramatta River to Rydalmere.
Jun 2018 The 2018-19 NSW Budget allocated $20 million in FY2018-19 to progress planning of Stage Two.
Jul 2018 Transport for NSW (TfNSW) announced that Arup had been appointed to undertake investigations for Stage Two following their role as Infrastructure Technical adviser to TfNSW on Stage One.
May 2019 The NSW Department of Planning and Environment issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project, allowing development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to commence.
Jun 2019 $2 million was allocated to planning in the 2019-20 NSW Budget.
Jun 2021 The NSW Government announced an additional $50 million for detailed planning, including geotechnical work and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement, for Stage Two as part of its 2021-22 NSW Budget.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
2018/07/16
2021/06/15
Project pages
Parramatta Light Rail