The NSW State government has shortlisted four corridors for light rail projects:
- Parramatta to Macquarie Park via Carlingford;
- Parramatta to Castle Hill via Old Northern Road;
- Parramatta to Bankstown; and
- Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood.
These four 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.
Funding to accelerate this work was identified in the 2014-15 NSW Budget, with $400 million set aside from Restart NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Transport, said.
The NSW Government will set aside $400 million from its major infrastructure fund, Restart NSW, to accelerate work on a Western Sydney light rail system. Parramatta will become a light rail hub.
The Macquarie Park light rail would use the existing Carlingford rail line and run along Carlingford Road under the government’s proposal.
RBF believes more public transport for the North Ryde/Macquarie Park area is long overdue and our Board is delighted that a link between Parramatta and Macquarie Park is finally on the way. What do you think? Have your say here at Transport NSW’s Light Rail Feedback page by 17 November: http://www.transportnsw.info/en/contact-us/feedback/light-rail.page?ct=t%28NWRL+feedbac_30_10_2014%29