Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2


Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed


Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Parramatta Light Rail project involves the construction of a circa 20 kilometre, high frequency, turn up and go service linking residential, employment, cultural and education precincts across Western Sydney.

In October 2017, the NSW Government released the preferred route for Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail. The nine kilometre, 10-12 stop preferred route connects with Stage 1 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 this route to Stage 1 at Camellia, before running east and crossing Parramatta River to Rydalmere.

Stage 2 is expected to connect with other public transport modes, including:

- Sydney Metro West stations (TBC);
- Parramatta and Olympic Park heavy rail stations; and
- Sydney Ferry services at Rydalmere and Sydney Olympic Park.

Planning for Stage 2 is being developed in collaboration with the Sydney Metro West project.

The NSW Government expects a final business case for Stage 2 to be completed by the end of 2018, with investment decisions and procurement details to follow after.

In July 2018 Transport for NSW (TfNSW) announced that Arup had been appointed to undertake investigations for Stage 2 following their role as Infrastructure Technical adviser to TfNSW on Stage 1.

In 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.

Sources of funding are yet to be confirmed beyond the $1 billion already allocated to both stages of the project.

The 2018-19 NSW Budget allocated $20 million in FY2018-19 to progress planning of Stage 2. A further $2 million was allocated to planning in the 2019-20 NSW Budget.

Last reviewed: 04/02/2020

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