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
Announced
Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two

Stage Two of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Stage One of the Parramatta Light Rail and Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point. It will have 15 stops over a 10-kilometre two-way track and will connect to the Sydney Metro West, the heavy rail in Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, and ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.

Key Dates

Jun 2022 Project Announcement

Funding contributions

NSW Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW

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.
Nov 2021 Transport for NSW called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Underground Investigation Services, closing on 22 December.
Dec 2021 Transport for NSW issued a Request for Tenders for Utilities Investigation Services for the project.
Dec 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements were issued for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the project.
May 2022 Consultation commenced on the preferred route and 15 stop locations from Camellia to Sydney Olympic Park, closing 26 June. Site investigation work and geotechnical investigation also commenced.
May 2022 Infrastructure NSW's 2022 State Infrastructure Strategy recommended the project be re-sequenced to avoid delivery risks caused by complexity and a shortage of skilled labour. The NSW Government will assess the strategy's recommendations before making a decision on their implementation.
Jun 2022 The NSW Government confirmed it will proceed with Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two by committing $602 million for the construction of the connecting bridge between Wentworth Point and Melrose Park and other early works. The 2022-23 NSW Budget confirmed this funding and allocated $373 million over the four years to FY2025-26, including $26 million in FY2022-23.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Infrastructure agency resources
Infrastructure NSW - re-sequencing recommendation
Tender notices
2021/11/25
2021/12/03
Project pages
Parramatta Light Rail