Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced the shortlisted four corridors for the Western Sydney light rail network that connects Parramatta with other centres in the region.
In June, the government announced ten options to identify the highest priority corridor.
The preferred routes for the proposed light rail network will run from Parramatta to Macquarie Park through Carlingford, Castle Hill via Old Northern Road, Bankstown and Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield / Burwood.
Following this, the government will proceed with detailed engineering, transport planning and customer analysis on these selected corridors to select the best option for light rail in the region.
Minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian said: "Parramatta is the centre of Western Sydney’s rapidly growing economy and creating even better transport links is key to achieving the region’s potential."
In the transport infrastructure budget 2014-2015, the NSW government has committed $400m to construct a light rail for Parramatta and $265m for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.
"The new Inner West light rail extension has proven to be extremely popular since it was opened earlier this year, and the NSW government is also building light rail in Sydney’s CBD and south-east, and in Newcastle’s city centre," Berejiklian added.
At the same time, Sydney has also witnessed other transport improvements, including the introduction of Opal electronic ticketing, station and interchange upgrades and thousands of extra weekly public transport services in the network.
Image: An artist’s impression of one of the potential light rail routes that connects Parramatta with other Western Sydney centres. Photo: courtesy of Transport for New South Wales.