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Parramatta LRT route confirmed

Parramatta Light Rail's new line will run through Macquarie Street, pictured here, in the CBD, linking health precincts, schools and campuses, a race course and stadium. (Image courtesy of Transport for NSW)

The revised route for the Parramatta (NSW, Australia) light rail route was announced on 17 February by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance.

There is an existing single-track rail line between Camellia and Carlingford, which will be replaced by the first phase of the project with a 12km (7.5-mile) link between Westmead to Carlingford, via Parramatta and Camellia.

Services would run from early in the day to late at night, every 7.5 minutes, with 16 stops en route that are set to “ensure commuters are able to travel easily to their homes, jobs, hospitals, universities, entertainment hubs, sport stadiums and leisure areas”. This will see the major health precinct at Westmead connect to three campuses, new areas in the CBD, upgraded schools, the Rosehill Racecourse and the new Western Sydney Stadium. Public consultation on this first stage is expected to begin in mid-2017.

The second stage, being developed in conjunction with Sydney Metro West, is a T-shaped route between Camellia and Strathfield via Olympic Park, running 22km (13.7 miles). Planning for this section is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The project is funded in part from Restart NSW and Rebuilding NSW funds, with the balance to be secured from other sources including value sharing with the private sector.