A po­ten­tial route for the new light rail line across Greater Par­ra­matta has been es­tab­lished

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A po­ten­tial route for the new light rail line across Greater Par­ra­matta has been es­tab­lished and re­leased. The pre­ferred 12km route from West­mead to Car­ling­ford has 14 stops along the way.

Stage one of the new net­work con­nects the ma­jor health precinct at West­mead to three cam­puses of West­ern Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity, Par­ra­matta CBD, and the new West­ern Syd­ney Sta­dium.

New South Wales Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian joined Trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance to un­veil the pre­ferred route for the first stage of Par­ra­matta Light Rail to join West­mead to Par­ra­matta and Car­ling­ford via Camel­lia.

“We’ve done the im­por­tant plan­ning work and are pleased we can un­veil the pre­ferred route and pro­posed stops, which we will now re­fine in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity,” she says.

Con­stance says the pro­posed 16 ac­ces­si­ble stops will op­er­ate ser­vices from early morn­ing to late at night, ev­ery sev­e­nand-a-half min­utes through­out the day.

“Cus­tomers won’t have to wait long for a ser­vice,” Con­stance says.

“There’ll also be ex­tra ser­vices for spe­cial events and we are plan­ning for the sys­tem as a whole to be ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 10,000 peo­ple an hour.”

Plan­ning work for stage two of the project, from Camel­lia to Strath­field via Syd­ney Olympic Park, is be­ing de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Syd­ney Metro West. Stage two plan­ning work is ex­pected to be fi­nalised by the end of 2017.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $1 bil­lion to the project from the Restart NSW and Re­build­ing NSW funds.

Work is con­tin­u­ing to progress the fi­nal busi­ness case, which will be fur­ther ad­vanced once the stop lo­ca­tions are con­firmed fol­low­ing this next phase of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

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