Property Council welcomes official start of Parramatta Light Rail construction


The Property Council of Australia today welcomed the official beginning of construction of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail network, connecting Westmead and Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

“Light rail will change the way Parramatta works forever. The linking of some of Parramatta’s greatest assets will create opportunities for investment in employment generating activity along the route for decades to come,” the Property Council of Australia’s Western Sydney Regional Director Ross Grove said today.

“Aligning the commercial strength of Parramatta with the Australia’s busiest health precinct at Westmead and the renewal of the Parramatta North will attract high-tech businesses who have not previously considered Parramatta as a viable place to locate.

“Light rail will also service an expanded visitor economy, as renewed cultural and sporting assets become easier to access. This is great news for Parramatta’s growing hotel industry.

“At the suburban level, residents living on the former Carlingford Line will for the first time have a decent connection into the rail network. No more single-track stations, no more hourly and half-hourly waits and no more waiting to cross Parramatta Road on the approach to Clyde. This is particularly important given the growth anticipated in these communities.

“For the first time public transport will be a genuinely attractive option for people looking to shift between the Parramatta CBD and key cultural, sporting, health and education destinations in Parramatta.

“The light rail team has been in constant liaison with key business and industry stakeholders for some years now, and their plans have adapted to the need to to keep disruption to a minimum. The long-term benefits of light rail will far outweigh the short-term stresses of building new infrastructure.”

A free bus service (Route 900) will connect former Carlingford Line commuters to Parramatta until the light rail service opens. For more information on construction activity, visit http://www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Ross Grove | M 0412 897 130 | E rgrove@propertycouncil.com.au