WORK to build Stage 2 of the Parramatta light rail project will start later this year after the New South Wales (NSW) government allocated $A 2bn ($US 1.33bn) in funding from the 2024-25 state budget.

Stage 2 has already received planning approval in New South Wales as well as environmental approval at federal level.

The 10km light rail line with 14 new stops will run from central Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park, via the suburbs of Camellia, Rydalmere, Wentworth Point, Ermington and Melrose Park. The end-to-end journey time will be 37 minutes.

Work to build a new 320m public bridge over the Parramatta River between Melrose Park and Wentworth Point will be undertaken towards the start of the phased construction programme.

A contract to undertake enabling works will be awarded later this year. The NSW government has shortlisted three bidders for Stage 2 construction contracts:

  • CPB Contractors and McConnell Dowell Constructors in joint venture
  • Fulton Hogan Construction and SRG Global in joint venture, and
  • John Holland Group.
Map Credit: New South Wales state government

Meanwhile, testing is now underway on Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project, running for 12km from Westmead to Carlingford via central Parramatta and Camellia.

Construction began in 2020 and has been undertaken by a joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors under a contract worth $A 840m.

The Great River City Light Rail consortium was awarded a $A 536m contract to build the 16 stops on Stage 1, the rolling stock maintenance depot and the control centre. It has also supplied the traction power supply, signalling and communications systems.

The consortium includes CAF Rail Australia which has supplied 13 seven-car Urbos LRVs, each with capacity for 300 passengers. Transdev Australasia is responsible for testing, commissioning, and operations and maintenance over an eight-year period.

“With testing powering ahead, Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 is on track to open in the coming months,” says NSW minister for transport, Ms Jo Haylen.

“In 2041, 280,000 people are expected to live along the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 alignment. They need frequent and reliable public transport services, and we’ll deliver it.”

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