Australia, Parramatta Light Rail Route Announced

Australia, Parramatta Light Rail Route Announced :Five hundred experts gathered in Western Sydney on 7 March 2016 to be briefed on the Parramatta Light Rail Project.

The 20 km long Parramatta Light Rail line will originate from Strathfield and Carlingford and converge on Camellia in the Western Sydney center of Parramatta, before proceeding through Parramatta to Westmead. The line branch between Camellia and Carlingford would replace the existing heavy rail line.

Consultation on the exact route will take place later this year and will involve public input, with a view to construction beginning in late 2018 or early 2019. Completion is currently expected in 2023.
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New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance stated that the project “will provide frequent and reliable links to the great precincts of Sydney like Westmead Hospital, The University of Western Sydney, Parramatta CBD, the Olympic sporting hub and Strathfield while also sparking rejuvenation of Camellia.”
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A Special Infrastructure Contribution will be implemented, with the levy expected to be set at around $200 per square meter of gross floor area of new residential developments subject to consultation. The funding from the SIC is to be reserved for Parramatta Light Rail and associated infrastructure like new schools and road upgrades.

The SIC will be in addition to the $1 billion the NSW Government has already reserved for Parramatta Light Rail. The government is also exploring funding contributions from the federal and local governments.

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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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