Track laying has been completed for the first stage of Parramatta light rail along the 12 km alignment and now the team is focused on landscaping and tree planting, as well as road, kerb and gutter, and footpath paving works.
Track installation commenced at Westmead in November 2020, with the final section of track completed at Tramway Avenue in Parramatta.
The project used around 1250 tonnes of reinforcing steel, 3300 ‘aluminothermic’ welds, and 18,000 cubic metres of concrete in the construction and installation of track along the whole alignment.
For over a year and half, the project engaged around 600 workers each day and 100 workers each night to build the light rail track network, which features traditional concrete track, ballasted track as well as ‘green track’, which features grass and/or groundcover between and beside the rails.
On June 2, the NSW Government revealed the official names of the 16 light rail stops along Stage 1 of light rail line following extensive community consultation. “This official naming of the Parramatta light rail Stage 1 stops and the completion of the tracks laid means commuters, families and small businesses will soon experience the benefits of a world class light rail system,” Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said.
Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD. The route will link Parramatta’s CBD and train station to the Westmead Health Precinct, Cumberland Hospital Precinct, CommBank Stadium, the Camellia Town Centre, the new science, technology and innovation museum Powerhouse Parramatta, the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and three Western Sydney University campuses.
AUD 2.4 billion (USD 1.6 billion) is the value of the project which and is expected to commence passenger services in 2023. By 2026, it is estimated 28,000 people will use new transport service every day and 130,000 people will be living within walking distance of light rail stops.