CONNECTING THE WEST – ‘PRESSING GO’ ON PARRAMATTA LIGHT RAIL

CONNECTING THE WEST – ‘PRESSING GO’ ON PARRAMATTA LIGHT RAIL

The first step has arrived in delivery of the State’s third light rail network – with up to 500 experts gathering in Western Sydney to be briefed on the Parramatta Light Rail project.

 Today’s industry briefing brings together a range of prospective companies and planners to share details of how they can contribute to this major project. Parramatta Light Rail will reshape Sydney’s second CBD, by connecting Parramatta, Westmead, OIympic Park, Carlingford, Camellia and Strathfield with about 20 kilometres of light rail.

 Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said today’s event will share further details of how planners and industry can contribute to this transformational project.

 “Today we’re pressing go on Parramatta Light Rail, on the site where two light rail lines will meet to create a new tram network for the west,” Mr Constance said.

 “This project will provide frequent and reliable links to the great precincts of Sydney like Westmead Hospital, The University of Western Sydney, Parramatta CBD, the Olympic sporting hub and Strathfield while also sparking rejuvenation of Camellia.

 “The project will be a chance for Western Sydney businesses to get on board and benefit, all while creating hundreds of jobs.”

 Consultation on the exact route will take place later this year which will involve public input, with a view to construction beginning in late 2018 or early 2019.

 “I want Parramatta Light Rail to be a project all about people, whether it’s Eels and Wanderers fans who could use it to go to the game, punters at Rosehill, event crowds at Olympic Park or students at Western Sydney Uni,” Mr Constance said.

 “As Sydney continues to grow, Parramatta is further establishing itself not just as the city’s ‘second CBD’ but as a significant city in its own right.

 “I’m excited to get started today on showcasing the opportunities on offer to industry-leading planning and construction organisations, and we’ll soon step up discussions with other expected beneficiaries of Parramatta Light Rail. 

“Later this year, with a specific route under consultation, we will extend engagement to the broader community for public input.”

 

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