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City of Parramatta Media Release: Parramatta Light Rail to connect communities

City of Parramatta

Media Release

Friday 17 February 2017

Parramatta Light Rail to connect communities

City of Parramatta has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a preferred route for the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project, which is set to transform Sydney’s Central City.

The State Government has announced that Stage 1 of the light rail will run from Westmead, via Parramatta North and the Parramatta CBD, through to Carlingford.

“This is great news for the people of Parramatta and we’re excited that Council’s long-standing vision for a light rail network will now be realised,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“Light rail will offer an entirely new transport option for the community with frequent connections between parts of the CBD including Parramatta Square; Western Sydney University; Westmead Hospital precinct; and residential areas. It will greatly improve accessibility to, from and around Parramatta and surrounding employment, educational and health precincts.”

Ms Chadwick said Council will work with Transport for NSW and will be advocating for the best outcomes for the community throughout the process.

“Council will work closely with the State Government to ensure that the next layer of detail for the project is delivered with community expectations in mind. We will be looking for the best results in relation to stop locations, heritage and design excellence,” Ms Chadwick said.

“Now is the time for residents and businesses to have their say on the route and wider issues such as potential impacts on open space, heritage, access and transport options in the CBD.”

Ms Chadwick said this is the first step in what should be an entire light rail network for the City of Parramatta.

“We will be advocating for the first route to be part of a wider network that links Parramatta CBD to other key commuter locations and economic hubs such as Epping and the north west,” she said.

“Our vision is for a world class light rail network and integrated transport system which meets everyone’s needs now and into the future. We are delighted that the State Government has committed to build the first two stages of the network.

“We look forward to working with the NSW Government to ensure the Parramatta Light Rail fits seamlessly into our city and creates green, liveable streets for Australia’s next great city.”