Western Sydney Light Rail Network


City of Parramatta Council has now completed the two Part  $1m feasibility study into the proposed Western Sydney Light Rail Network.


There are several challenges facing Parramatta and Western Sydney.

  • Economic – increase economic productivity. Roads are congested and public transport provision is low, investment will stimulate growth.
  • Land Use – accommodate residential growth and stimulate employment. Sydney’s population will increase to 6 million by 2036, with 50% living in Western Sydney and 70% working in Sydney’s CBD.
  • Transport – provide greater transport options to Parramatta and across the region. Western Sydney needs a transport network to provide cross-regional connectivity.
  • Social and Health – Improve social disadvantage and quality of life for all residents. Increased accessibility provides access to education and employment opportunities.

Part 1 – Identifying a network and a first stage scheme

Part 1 of the study identified 15 strategic corridors within 15km of Parramatta and assessed them for their potential to address the challenges facing the region. A series of multi-criteria (transport, land use, economic, social & health and environment) gateway assessments were undertaken to identify a network of four lines and a first stage of two lines. The study concluded that light rail was indeed feasible.

First Stage

The preferred first stage is the Macquarie Park Line and Castle Hill which are further investigated in Part 2 of the study. Both Lines have predicated patronage of 5,000 people per peak hour.

Future Stages

Future stages would include a Bankstown Line which will stimulate renewal along between Granville, Chester Hill and Bankstown and, dramatically increase regional connectivity to education and employment opportunities. The Olympic Park Line will provide access to recreational and cultural facilities and put Sydney Olympic Park on the public transport network, as well as provide employment opportunities to the rapidly growing suburb of Rhodes.

Part 2 – Detailed investigation of the first stage

Macquarie Park Line

The Macquarie Park Line connects together Westmead health precinct, Parramatta CBD, University of Western at Rydalmere, Eastwood town centre and Macquarie Park.

Parramatta to Castle Hill

The Castle Hill Line connects Castle Hill, the gateway to the northwest, Baulkham Hills town centre to Parramatta CBD and Rydalmere as well as providing interchange to the North West Rail link.

Connecting Greater Parramatta

The first two Lines will connect Greater Parramatta together: Westmead medical precinct, North Parramatta urban renewal precinct, Parramatta CBD, Rosehill/Camellia and the University of Western Sydney at Rydalmere. This will unlock the potential of Greater Parramatta to better serve and support the growing needs of the surrounding region.

Regional Growth and Renewal

The first two Lines of the Network will generate significant potential new jobs and dwellings above the current forecasts. The majority of growth will be focused on consolidating existing centres and intensification along the corridor surrounding the Lines. It is predicate that by 2031 the two Lines could support 180,100 jobs and 48,809 dwellings. By 2061 this increases to 301,760 jobs and 84,809 dwellings.

Cost and Service Pattern

Part 2 of the study revised the cost estimate of the first stage to $1.5 billion for 30km and an estimated 21 light rail vehicles to operate a 10 minute service on both Lines during the peak.

Next steps

Council is calling both State and Federal Governments to fund a detailed study to further investigate the first stage and prepare a business case. It is estimated that this will cost up to $20m.

City of Parramatta Council will continue discussions and engagement with our local, regional, state and national stakeholders

Last updated on 11 Jun 2015