Parramatta Light Rail

With Greater Western Sydney’s population growing at a rapid rate, the NSW State Government is investing in transport infrastructure solutions to boost connectivity, productivity and liveability.

Challenge

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. 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.

Families cycling next to Parramatta Light Rail train in Carlingford

Transport for NSW

Solution

Our surveying 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 for Stage 1. Developing a methodology for digitally representing existing Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) and Council information about subsurface assets in conjunction with Transport for NSW and Arup, our team is helping Parramatta Light Rail’s designers and engineers to mitigate the risk of unplanned service disruptions to nearby homes and businesses during construction.

Community consultation connects Western Sydney

Engaging with residents about the project’s rationale and benefits has formed another important component of our work on Parramatta Light Rail, with RPS communications specialists helping to deliver a comprehensive program of engagement activities since the Stage 1 route was announced. Activities have included dedicated community information sessions, pop up events, letterbox drops, online surveys, property owner engagement and collaboration with stakeholders.

Project statistics

28,000
people to use Parramatta Light Rail each day by 2026
16
Accessible light rail stops over 12km (Stage 1)

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