Greater Western Sydney is home to more than 2 million people - around 9% of the nation’s population and 44% of that of our largest city.
With the region growing at a rapid rate, the NSW State Government is investing in transport infrastructure solutions to boost connectivity, productivity and liveability for residents and visitors alike.
Rail transport trajectory turns north-west
RPS has been assisting Transport for NSW (TfNSW) prepare for one of the largest infrastructure projects ever to be delivered in Western Sydney - a new light rail service connecting the community to great places within the city’s northwest.
A preferred route between Westmead and Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD was announced in early 2017, representing the first stage of a multi-billion dollar project to commence construction in 2018.
Upon opening in 2023, Parramatta Light Rail will link Parramatta’s CBD to the Westmead Health Precinct, Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program, the private and social housing redevelopment of Telopea, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, and three Western Sydney University campuses.
Spatial information is infrastructure power
RPS’ Sydney-based surveying and mapping team has been working on the Parramatta Light Rail project since 2016 – initially selected to undertake preliminary surveys on the 12 kilometre preferred light rail route.
Our Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists developed a methodology for digitally representing existing Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) and Council subsurface asset information in a complete schema model, in conjunction with TfNSW and Arup.
By digitally compiling and visually representing this information, RPS is helping Parramatta Light Rail’s designers and engineers to mitigate the risk of unplanned service disruptions to nearby homes and businesses when construction work begins.
The team is now undertaking essential survey work to identify all utilities (water and sewer pipes, electrical and telecommunication infrastructure) - critical to the engineering and construction design process. Using the latest technology to expedite the process, RPS is utilising ground penetrating radar, laser scanning and other custom-designed spatial apps to capture information about the corridor with high levels of accuracy.
Community consultation connects Western Sydney
Engaging with residents about the project’s rationale and benefits has formed another important component of RPS’ work on Parramatta Light Rail, with our Communications specialists helping to deliver a comprehensive program of engagement activities since the route was announced.
Activities have included dedicated community information sessions, opportunistic pop up events, letter box drops, online surveys, property owner engagement and collaboration with stakeholders.
This multifaceted approach is helping shape Parramatta Light Rail’s future by allowing project owners to better understand the needs of residents and businesses and offering an invaluable feedback loop.
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Image and Video Credit: Transport for NSW