October 28, 2015

Parramatta City Councils Western Sydney Light Rail Network

Western Sydney Light Rail Network fly-through

EcoTransit Sydney warmly welcomes Parramatta City Councils leadership in this area and call upon the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments to follow the cities leadership and fund a program to deliver high capacity transport to the residents of Western Sydney.

Although EcoTransit Sydney supports the councils concept, we do not endorse all the decisions or the indicative routes.

The following are excerpts from Parramatta City Council’s Western Sydney Light Rail Network:

Introduction

Parramatta City Council has published a feasibility study into the proposed Western Sydney Light Rail Network, which is designed to drastically improve transport links throughout Western Sydney and meet the challenges posed by the projected rise in population in the region in the coming decades.

Council’s $1 million feasibility study into the Western Sydney Light Rail Network found that a light rail system is a viable solution for Parramatta and Western Sydney.  It has the potential to not only address the growing transport challenges but also the city growth challenges. Light rail provides the opportunity for increased land use intensity and renewal along the corridor of the proposed lines. It is possible to build a modern light rail system that can facilitate fast and frequent rail services along dedicated alignments segregated from traffic with short sections of shared alignment in centres.

First stage

The first stage of the Western Sydney Light Rail Network comprises two key links, which could carry in an estimated 5,000 passengers in the peak hour on each line.

Parramatta  to Macquarie Park via Eastwood

The Parramatta to Macquarie Park line will provide a direct public transport service between two of Sydney’s rapidly growing centres. It will connect businesses, jobs and students. The lines will open up new travel opportunities by linking Parramatta, Rydalmere, Dundas, Eastwood to Macquarie Park.  It . It will complement and integrate to the public transport network at Parramatta, Eastwood and Macquarie Park.

Parramatta to Castle Hill

The line to Castle Hill is the first part of a cross-regional north-south line and will provide an attractive alternative to the heavily-congested Windsor Road corridor. It connects Greater Parramatta, Northmead, Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill, , and. Castle Hill is the gateway to Sydney’s growing north-west and interchange to the North West Rail Link. Read More

Concept Maps

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This is an indicative map from the Western Sydney Light Rail Feasibility Report – Part 1

Google Map of the First Stage based on detailed map from Western Sydney Light Rail Feasibility Report – Part 1

Western Sydney Light Rail Network - Stage One