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Mon August 02 2021

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Work to begin on next stage of Sydney light rail

15 Jun Funding of AU$50m (£27m) has been allocated for the start of work on the next stage of a light rail network serving the western suburbs of Sydney in Australia.

Artist's impression of a new bridge from Melrose Park to Wentworth Point as part of Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail
Artist's impression of a new bridge from Melrose Park to Wentworth Point as part of Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail

The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that its upcoming 2021-22 budget will commit money for the planning and development of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2.

The funding will go towards planning, utilities and geotechnical investigations, as well as to progress the development of the project’s environmental impact statement.

Major construction of the AU$2.4bn Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 is under way, connecting Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is expected to begin operations in 2023.

The NSW government previously announced that the preferred route for the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail would connect Stage 1 and the Parramatta central business district (CBD) to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park.

The Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 and 2 will provide links with Sydney Metro West at Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park and the existing rail network at Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park as well as ferries at Parramatta, Rydalmere and Wentworth Point.

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