In June this year, 10 potential corridors were considered with a view to identifying the highest priority route for a light rail connecting Parramatta with other Western Sydney centres. From the 10 options, 4 corridors have been shortlisted.
The 4 shortlisted corridors for light rail are:
- Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford.
- Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Road.
- Parramatta to Bankstown.
- Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood.
These corridors will now be subject to detailed engineering, transport planning and customer analysis, to establish which represents the best option for light rail in the region.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said she is delighted that the project to deliver a light rail network to Western Sydney is moving onto the next stage. She also confirmed that $400 million in funding from the Restart NSW fund has been set aside for the project in 2014/15.
“We have always said that when the rigorous scoping study and business case for Parramatta light rail are developed, the funds set aside will be available to get things started quickly,” Ms Berejiklian said.
She added, “We know light rail is a fantastic public transport option that customers love to use. 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.”