Parramatta Light Rail




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Parramatta Light Rail
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 - Infrastructure Package
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 – Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package
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STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $2.4bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Other, Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The New South Wales Government's 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. Through interchanges with existing rail, bus and ferry terminals at Westmead, Parramatta CBD, Carlingford and Olympic Park the light rail will also be closely integrated with the wider Sydney transport network.

Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail will run from Westmead to Carlingford. The preferred route for Stage 2 involves a connection to Stage 1, north of Parramatta River, which then runs through the developing suburbs of Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point to 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.

The NSW Government has allocated $1 billion to the project from the Restart NSW and Rebuilding NSW funds - with further funding to be secured from sources such as value capture, which could include Special Infrastructure Contributions (applying to new developments along the corridor). Finalisation of the project business case is underway, along with procurement of contracts for Stage 1.

$25 million was allocated in the 2017-18 NSW Budget towards planning for the project. $258 million for starting Stage 1 construction and a further $20 million for planning Stage 2 was allocated in FY2018-19 in the 2018-19 NSW Budget. 

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 1 on 23 August 2017, and public feedback was open until 23 October 2017. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) approved the EIS in May 2018.

TfNSW also held an industry briefing on 30 August 2017 announcing that Stage 1 main works will be delivered in two packages - the Infrastructure Package and the Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) Package.  

Early Works and the Enabling Works packages for Stage 1 were scheduled to be awarded by mid-2018. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were called on 24 August 2017 for Early Works and 6 October for Enabling Works.

Early Works will be undertaken to remediate the light rail vehicle stabling and maintenance facility and operations centre site, while Enabling Works will provide traffic capacity improvements to support the project; stormwater drainage, as well as interfaces with other government projects.

Following shortlisting of tenders in November 2017, in May 2018 Ventia was awarded the Early Works contract, with work expected to begin in July 2018. A Diona Ward Joint Venture, comprising Diona and Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering, was awarded the Enabling Works contract in July 2018, with works scheduled to start in late-2018.

The Government is expecting to complete a Final Business Case in 2018 and an investment decision and construction timeline afterwards.

Infrastructure Australia identifies "public transport access to Parramatta CBD" as a medium term (5-10 years) Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List.



Last reviewed: 01/07/2019

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 - Infrastructure Package


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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 - Infrastructure Package

STATUS: Recently closed
VALUE: $840M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
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.

Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail will run from Westmead to Carlingford with the preferred route announced in early 2017 including 16 stations along the 12 kilometre two way track. The 16 stations include:

- Westmead;

- Westmead Hospital;

- Children’s Hospital

- Cumberland Hospital;

- Factory Street;

- Fennell Street;

- Prince Alfred Square;

- Eat Street;

- Parramatta Square;

- Harris Street;

- Tramway Avenue;

- Camellia;

- Rydalmere;

- Dundas;

- Telopea; and

- Carlingford.

As part of the route, Stage 1 will also see the replacement of the T6 heavy rail line from Camellia to Carlingford with the new Light Rail service running at a higher frequency. This will also mean Light Rail commuters wanting to interchange with the T1 heavy rail line will need do so at Parramatta Square or Westmead stations.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Stage 1 of the project was released on 23 August 2017, with public feedback due by 23 October 2017. TfNSW is currently reviewing submissions on the EIS and is preparing a submissions report to be released to the public. 

On 30 August 2017 TfNSW held an industry briefing, which announced that following the Early works and Enabling work packages Stage 1 main works will be delivered in two packages – the Infrastructure Package and the Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) Package.

The Infrastructure Package will comprise of the design and construction of works to track-level, including:

- design integration;

- structures and roads;

- services relocations;

- track slab and track;

- stop civil works and placemaking;

- infrastructure design; and

- active transport.

Procurement for the Infrastructure Package commenced in September 2017 with Expressions of Interest (EOIs) being released. Following the close of EOIs on 20 October, two tenderers were shortlisted to progress to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. This included a CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture (JV), and John Holland.

In December 2018, the NSW Government awarded the CPB Contractors Downer EDI Works JV the package.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2023. Main construction works on Eat Street will not begin until 2020, with a grace period between November and January during each year of construction.

Geotechnical activities and underground services exploration along the Stage 1 corridor are to be undertaken between March and September 2019 in preparation for main construction to begin.



Last reviewed: 01/02/2019

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


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 – Supply, Operate and Maintain (SOM) package

STATUS: Recently closed
VALUE: $536M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Other
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.

Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail will run from Westmead to Carlingford with the preferred route announced in early 2017 including 16 stations along the 12 kilometre two way track. The 16 stations include:

- Westmead;
- Westmead Hospital;
- Children’s Hospital;
- Cumberland Hospital;
- Factory Street;
- Fennell Street;
- Prince Alfred Square;
- Eat Street;
- Parramatta Square;
- Harris Street;
- Tramway Avenue;
- Camellia;
- Rydalmere
- Dundas;
- Telopea; and
- Carlingford.

As part of the route, Stage 1 will also see the replacement of the T6 heavy rail line from Camellia to Carlingford with the new Light Rail service running at a higher frequency. This will also mean Light Rail commuters wanting to interchange with the T1 heavy rail line will need do so at Parramatta Square or Westmead stations.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 1 of the project was released on 23 August 2017, with public feedback due by 23 October 2017. TfNSW is currently reviewing submissions on the EIS and is preparing a submissions report to be released to the public. 

On 30 August 2017 TfNSW held an industry briefing, which announced that following the Early works and Enabling work packages Stage 1 main works will be delivered in two packages – the Infrastructure Package and the 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.

Procurement for the SOM package commenced in September 2017 with Expressions of Interest (EOIs) being released. EOI's closed in October 2017, with three consortia subsequently shortlisted for the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase in November 2017. These included:

- 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.

In December 2018 the NSW Government awarded the Great River City Light Rail consortium the package.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2023. Main construction works on Eat Street will not begin until 2020, with a grace period between November and January during each year of construction.



Last reviewed: 21/12/2018

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: NSW
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.

Value undisclosed



Last reviewed: 01/07/2019

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