The Parramatta Light Rail project has officially begun major construction, with the first sod being turned on 31 January 2020.
The new 12km light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is set to open in 2023.
Decommissioning works are already underway along the closed Carlingford rail line, in preparation for its conversion to light rail.
The project aims to open up the Greater Parramatta region by improving connections to popular key destinations across the region, while also linking into Sydney’s greater public transport networks.
NSW Acting Minister for Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said it was an exciting time for Greater Parramatta as works ramp up for the new high-frequency light rail.
“Today marks a significant step on a project that will transform transport connectivity in a growing part of Sydney,” Mr Toole said.
Mr Toole said Transport for NSW was working hard to minimise the impacts of construction on businesses and the local community.
“Some disruption is unavoidable, which is why we will continue working with businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need,” he said.
Transport for NSW will also pause construction from 1 November until 31 January each year along ‘Eat Street’ to allow businesses to take advantage of the holiday trading period.
During this time, events and activities will be put on to support local businesses and encourage families and friends to continue to enjoy all that is on offer.
From Saturday 1 February, Church Street between Macquarie and Market Streets have been closed to traffic, with diversions in place. Motorists are encouraged to use Marsden and Smith Streets.
The free 900 shuttle bus service will also run on a new route along George Street in the Parramatta CBD.