Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee today announced Western Sydney is another step closer to having light rail after ten options were shortlisted to four corridors for detailed studies.
In June this year the NSW Government announced ten corridors that would be considered, to identify the highest priority corridor for the introduction of light rail connecting Parramatta with other Western Sydney centres.
“I’m delighted that the NSW Government’s project for a future Parramatta light rail network is today moving on to the next stage,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Parramatta is the centre of Western Sydney’s rapidly-growing economy and creating even better transport links is key to achieving the region’s potential.”
The shortlisted corridors for light rail are:
- Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford;
- Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Road;
- Parramatta to Bankstown; and
- Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood.
These four corridors will now be subject to detailed engineering, transport planning and customer analysis, to establish which represents the best option for light rail in the region.
Funding to accelerate this work was identified in the 2014-15 NSW Budget, with $400 million set aside from Restart NSW, Ms Berejiklian said.
“We have always said that when the rigorous scoping study and business case for Parramatta light rail are developed, the funds set aside will be available to get things started quickly,” she said.
“We know light rail is a fantastic public transport option that customers love to use. The new Inner West light rail extension has proven to be extremely popular since it was opened earlier this year, and the NSW Government is also building light rail in Sydney’s CBD and South East, and in Newcastle’s city centre.”
Mr Lee said the light rail project would help to continue the transformation of Parramatta, Sydney’s second CBD.
“We are delivering this important project and today’s news shows we are working hard to ensure we get the best outcome for Parramatta and Western Sydney,” Mr Lee said.
“The project team will now continue working with the community in the next stage of detailed investigations.
“Today’s news comes on top of other major transport improvements customers are already seeing in Parramatta and right across Sydney’s west, including the introduction of Opal electronic ticketing, station and interchange upgrades and thousands of extra weekly public transport services.”