Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 Indicative Route Announced

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 Indicative Map
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 Indicative Map - Source: Transport for NSW

The Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 has been announced it will undergo planning by the NSW Government & Transport for NSW. The line is expected to go from the Camellia interchange connect with Stage 1 of the Light Rail through Victoria Road on the northern side of the Parramatta River providing much need relief for the residents along the corridor where it will then head south through Wentworth Point & Olympic Park onto the Carter St Priority Precinct.

Here is a list of the expected stations for the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 according to a map released by the NSW Government:

  • Camellia
  • Rydalmere
  • Ermington
  • Melrose Park
  • Meadowbank
  • Wentworth Point
  • Sydney Olympic Park
  • Carter St

Here is a video released by Transport for NSW which shows the route & some further information about the proposal. The aim here is to rejuvenate the Sydney Olympic Park precinct & its surrounds.

It looks like a lot more high-density residential will be built along the corridor, particularly at Camilla, Melrose Park, Rydalmere, Meadowbank, Wentworth Point, Sydney Olympic Park & the Carter St Precinct, however, this is needed if patron numbers are going to be high enough to make a project like this feasible.

It is expected that it will take 25 minutes to reach Sydney Olympic Park from Camilia & then an additional 8 minutes is needed to get into the Parramatta CBD making the round trip a total of 33 minutes which means this project would act much better as a feeder system for the proposed Sydney Metro West project which is expected to have stations at the Parramatta CBD, Sydney Olympic Park, Camilia, The Bays Precinct & the Sydney CBD.

Feeding these future metro stations would reduce the trip times into the Major CBDs such as Parramatta & Sydney so planning for the Sydney Metro West should follow the stations where the Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail are proposed, thus making the highest & most efficient use of the transport infrastructure.

While mass-transit infrastructure is needed as suburbs like Wentworth Point have the highest Density in the state yet have one road in & out (Hill Road) and the Victoria Road corridor being one of the most congested in Sydney, it makes this project likely, however, more planning must be done to further ensure that the projects use is maximised to benefit the end users. If these precincts are expected to be the densest suburbs in the state then proper planning is needed to ensure congestion & travel times do not affect the resident’s productivity.

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