26 September 2023

First sod turned for Paramatta Light Rail

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Road work has begun on the 12-kilometre Parramatta Light Rail project set to link Westmead to Carlingford by 2023.

Acting Minister for Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said it was an exciting time for Greater Parramatta as works ramped up for the new high-frequency light rail.

“Today marks a significant step on a project that will transform transport connectivity in a growing part of Sydney,” Mr Toole said.

“The new 12-kilometre light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is set to open in 2023,” he said.

“We’ve already hit the ground running with the decommissioning works along the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail.”

Mr Toole said Transport for NSW was working hard to minimise the impact of construction on businesses and the local community.

“Some disruption is unavoidable, which is why we will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need,” he said.

“Transport for NSW will also pause construction from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period.”

He said that during the construction pause, events and activities would be held to support local businesses and encourage families and friends to continue to enjoy the area.

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