Major Contract

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 - Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 - Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package

The SOM Package will comprise design and construction of system and above-rail level works as well as the operation of Stage 1, including:

- procurement of light rail vehicles;
- systems, stops fitouts and operation elements;
- stabling and maintenance facility;
- operations and maintenance for the Stage 1 system and infrastructure;
- systems integration; and
- testing and commissioning.

Four kilometres of the track between Westmead and Cumberland Hospital and between Prince Alfred Square and Tramway Avenue will have a wire free design.


Key Dates

Dec 2018 Contract Award
2024 Expected Operations/Service Commencement

Funding contributions

NSW Government

Parramatta Light Rail Stage One is wholly funded by the NSW Government. The total cost of Stage One increased from $2.4 billion to $2.875 billion in the NSW 2022-23 Budget Papers.


Procuring Agency: Transport for New South Wales
Shortlist: Connecting Parramatta Consortium: comprising John Holland, ALSTOM Transport, and Deutsche Bahn; Greater Parramatta: comprising Downer EDI, Keolis Downer, Ansaldo STS and CRRC Changchun, and; Great River City Light Rail: comprising Transdev, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Laing O'Rourke.
Successful Tenderer: Great River City Light Rail consortium


Sep 2017 EOIs were released for the SOM Package.
Oct 2017 EOIs closed for the package.
Nov 2017 Three consortia were shortlisted for the RFP phase.
Dec 2018 NSW Government awarded the contract for the SOM Package to the value of $536 million.
Mar 2019 Contract Award Notice Details published for Supply, Operate and Maintain contract with amended estimated amount payable to contractor listed at $720 million.
Jun 2022 NSW 2022-23 Budget Papers released indicating an increase of $475 million for Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1, from $2.4 billion to $2.875 billion.
Mar 2024 The NSW Government announced that tram testing had commenced, with Stage One expected to commence operations in 2024.
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
New South Wales |