Western Sydney’s revitalisation is well underway with major light rail, roads and jobs initiatives being announced for the region.
Light rail for Parramatta
In a move to ramp up Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD, the NSW Government has announced the city’s preferred light rail route, which connects Parramatta’s CBD to key hubs such as Olympic Park, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney University and Strathfield. A light rail line will also branch to Carlingford, replacing the existing heavy rail shuttle.
The route also provides the most opportunities for new jobs and urban renewal.
More jobs for Parramatta
In a major jobs boost for Western Sydney, more than 1,800 public servants working for the Department of Education in Sydney’s CBD will move to Parramatta. The move begins in 2018 and will finish mid-2020.
While announcing the move, NSW Premier Mike Baird said it would further cement Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
“This move will provide even more opportunities for Western Sydney residents to work closer to where they live, which will reduce congestion across the city.”
More roads for Western Sydney
The $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade, which is being funded under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, will result in 35kms of road being upgraded from a two lane to a minimum four lane divided road, with a wide central median to allow for further widening in the future.
The separately-funded $114 million Narellan Road project will upgrade a 6.8km section of road to a six-lane divided road with a central median.
Both projects will deliver extensive upgrades to the local road networks, reducing commute times.
Source: News Release, New South Wales Government, 09 December, 2015