Light rail network a possibility for Western Sydney

A light rail network serving the Parramatta region could soon become a reality, with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) currently investigating feasibility.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said TfNSW has started identifying the highest priority corridors for the introduction of light rail. This will be followed by a detailed feasibility study and high-level business case for those corridors.

“This is potentially another great project for Sydney’s West, which will provide the missing transport link from north to south,” said Mr Baird.

The corridors to be investigated include:

  • Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford
  • Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Road
  • Parramatta to Liverpool via the T-way
  • Parramatta to Bankstown
  • Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park
  • Parramatta to Rouse Hill
  • Parramatta to Ryde via Victoria Road
  • Parramatta to Sydney CBD via Parramatta Road
  • Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Eastwood (proposed by Parramatta Council)
  • Parramatta to Castle Hill via Windsor Road (proposed by Parramatta Council)

TfNSW’s studies will follow-on from work already undertaken by Parramatta Council in 2013. Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said once the first stage of work is complete, viable options will be taken forward for design and feasibility analysis.

“We will work to ensure this Western Sydney light rail project fits into our urban renewal strategy in the region, including how it will integrate with major projects like WestConnex. Of course, like with any major project, the community will have its say along the way”.

Source: News Release NSW Government media release, 04 June 2014

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