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March 7, 2016

NSW reports timeline for Parramatta Light Rail project

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced the planned route and important stops for the upcoming Parramatta Light Rail project.

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced the planned route and important stops for the upcoming Parramatta Light Rail project.

The industry briefing conducted by the NSW government brings together a range of prospective companies and planners to share details of how they can contribute towards the project.

An indicative timeline has currently been given for the construction of the 20km light rail network around the Parramatta area in western Sydney.

The light rail will reshape Sydney’s second central business district (CBD) and connect Parramatta, Westmead, OIympic Park, Carlingford, Camellia and Strathfield.

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

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: "Today we are 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.

"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."

Public consultation on the specific route for the light rail project will take place later this year. Construction of the light rail track is due to start in late 2018 or early 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2023.

Constance added: "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."

The NSW government allocated A$1bn ($740m) to fund construction of the light rail line, but the current estimates indicate the capital cost of the network will exceed allocated government funding.

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