General Manager Planning and Development - NSW
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.
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.
Transport for NSW
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.
Leading-edge approach to planning approvals for Stage 2
RPS has also teamed up with GHD to deliver planning approvals for Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail. Stage 2 will connect Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park along a 12 kilometre route through Camellia, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point. The route will connect areas currently undergoing urban renewal and enable a 30-minute commute for residents to access jobs and community facilities.
A staged State Significant Infrastructure approach is proposed, which will involve the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the corridor first, followed by a project level EIS to provide detailed assessment of construction and operation impacts. Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail is the first major transport project to go through this process and our team is leading the development of new approaches that will streamline the environmental studies and improve the readability of documents.
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