Building Australia's Next Great City - Changes Ahead

Changes to our CBD are occurring as part of Parramatta City Council's vision to create a vibrant business and cultural hub with more commercial and residential development to boost job creation and economic growth.

Car parks in the CBD are undergoing closures to make way for a new CBD that includes open spaces, offices, apartments, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Lennox Bridge Car Park

The Lennox Bridge Car Park has been closed from Monday 2 May 2016.

This closure makes way for redevelopment of the site as part of an exciting new future for the Parramatta River foreshore.

Over the next few years the site will be transformed to feature:

  • A public domain upgrade of the foreshore including new pedestrian links and cycle paths;
  • Ground floor river-facing cafes, restaurants and bars;
  • A first-class Council-owned exhibition/conference centre; and
  • A residential tower with 37 stories of apartments.

Alternative parking of over 1,000 spots is available at Riverbank and Eat Street car parks (approximately 250 metres away). Short-term and all-day parking is available.

More than 3,000 car parking spaces are available across five parking stations in the CBD. Plan your next trip and avoid delays by visiting www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/changesahead

For further information on the 333 Church Street Development contact stakeholders@eqprojects.com.au

Parramatta Square Closure

What’s happening?

Following a partial closure of the Civic Place car park earlier this year, Civic Place and Leigh Place will be closed to all local traffic and pedestrian access from Saturday 7 November, in preparation for the demolition of the former Council offices, library, shops and Connection Arcade.

The closure allows the next stage of Parramatta Square to take shape, including Stage 2 -Aspire Tower, Stages 5 and 6 and a new world-class public domain. It will also facilitate further construction on Stage 3 including an archaeological and Aboriginal heritage excavation.

Work is well underway on the Western Sydney University campus, which is scheduled for completion by the end of next year and will be ready to receive 10,000 students in 2017.

Parramatta Square will revitalise the heart of the CBD with new civic facilities, a state-of-the-art library, premium office space, a residential tower, A-Grade commercial space, and a new public domain are all planned for the three hectare site.

What should I do?

We want to help you find the easiest, safest and most efficient way to get around the CBD. Plan ahead and view the map to see how these changes may affect you.

Walking changes

From Saturday 7 November there will be no pedestrian access into or through Civic Place, and the following walkways will close:

  • Between 30 Darcy Street and the Sydney Water building and the eastern side of the now-vacant library through to Macquarie Street
  • Between 12 Darcy Street (where Three Ropes Cafe was located) and the Chambers Building through to Macquarie Street
  • Between Town Hall Lane and the Chambers building through to Macquarie Street

If you walk between Macquarie Street and Parramatta Station you will now need to walk via Smith Street or Church Street Mall/Centenary Square.

Driving and parking changes

Vehicle access to the Council Chambers basement parking and Town Hall courtyard will be restricted to Authorised Vehicles only.

An access protocol will be developed for community users in the Chambers Building, Church Street shop tenants and maintenance vehicles. 

Map - Changin driving and parking directions around civic place 

Plan ahead and avoid delays

With over 3,000 car parking spaces available at four parking stations in the CBD, there are many parking options available.

Parramatta CBD is also home to a major transport interchange, with many express public transport services coming from the city and the Blue Mountains. Please visit www.transportnsw.info to plan your trip.

All day parking alternatives

Parramatta Station (Wentworth St) car park is 300 metres from Parramatta Rail and Bus Interchange and provides all day parking and features:

  • Over 1,150 car parking spaces
  • Parking fees are $12 per day
  • A free Parramatta Shuttle Bus connecting commuters to commercial, retail and recreational landmarks in the city centre

Short-stay parking alternatives

City Centre (Horwood Pl) car park is a short 300 metres from the Parramatta Rail and Bus Interchange and provides short stay parking and features:

  • Almost 750 car parking spaces
  • Parking fees are $2.50 for the first hour and then $6.00 for 1-2 hours, maximum $16.00.

Disabled Parking alternatives

On-street disabled parking is available across the CBD.  

  • There are 8 spaces in City Centre (Horwood Pl) car park – all located on the ground floor.
  • There are 18 spaces at Parramatta Station (Wentworth St) car park -10 spaces on the ground floor and another 8 on level 1.

Other Projects

Smith Street Pedestrian Walkway

As Parramatta Square accelerates, hoarding of the Parramatta Square 1/WSU site has altered pedestrian activity along Smith Street, Parramatta.

Council is mindful of the safety of pedestrians and would like to remind workers, visitors and residents travelling to and from the transport interchange entry point on Darcy Street to use safe pedestrian practices.

Please be aware of traffic management systems put in place for your safety and the safety of others. Consider the use of the adjacent Smith Street pathway along Arthur Phillip High School.

Lennox Bridge Portal Project complete

Deck top works to the Lennox Bridge are now complete and two-way traffic has resumed. While works continue within the Portals, routed buses will remain off this section of Church Street.

We thank you again for your patience while these important works have been carried out. View more information about the Lennox Bridge Portals project.

Macquarie Street car park is closed

The car park at 189 Macquarie Street underwent a staged closure from December 2014 to February 2015. The car park is now closed.

The closure makes way for a 30-storey commercial and residential development, which will feature 425 apartments, retail space and a new 700-space public car park. When it opens in 2017 it will provide a 250% increase in car parking in Macquarie Street alone.

The new public car park at 189 Macquarie Street will have 80 spaces for bicycle parking, lockers, shower facilities and recharge points for electric vehicles.

Smith Street car park is closed

Smith Street Car Park was a temporary, 81-space car park that will be replaced by the Western Sydney University’s new campus on Parramatta Square.

More changes to come

This work is part of a major construction program for the CBD. Through this webpage, we will keep you up to date with other changes, which will include street access, car parking, road work, pedestrian access and other construction impacts.

Council has a comprehensive information program in place to ensure people who work, live and visit Parramatta are informed about the changes.

Advertisements will be placed in local newspapers, e-Newsletters will be sent to businesses and flyers will be distributed at car parks and Parramatta City Library. Most importantly, Council has arranged for Visitor Ambassadors to help people find their way across the city. Look for staff in bright orange information t-shirts. Parramatta's future starts now. We ask for your patience while we carry out this important work.

Contact Us for more information.

Last updated on 15 Jun 2016