Light rail works in Westmead

An artist’s impression of the Parramatta Light Rail project.

The Westmead Precinct’s vital role in Western Sydney’s transport system of tomorrow will move a giant step closer when early works for Parramatta Light Rail stage 1 start on Monday.

A key NSW Government public transport project in Western Sydney, Parramatta Light Rail is being delivered as part of a record $73 billion infrastructure program across the state.

Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia. The route will link Parramatta’s CBD and train station with the Westmead Precinct (www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/maps).

An integral part of the project – the Hawkesbury Road widening – signals a major piece of work before tracks can be laid and light rail stops constructed at Westmead Station, Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Supported by the Westmead Redevelopment, the works on Hawkesbury Road will allow Transport for NSW to build the light rail from 2020.

Significant activity along Hawkesbury Road, from Darcy Road to Jessie Street, will begin from 1 April. Works will result in changes to parking, traffic conditions and pedestrian walking routes.

As part of work starting next Monday, some spaces on the top level of Westmead Hospital’s Car Park 4 (on Hawkesbury Road) will be removed for 12 months. The car park’s exit onto Hawkesbury Road will also be closed during this time. The exit beside the Emergency Department remains open.

The change will enable construction teams to establish site offices and a compound near the works.

Motorists will still be able to travel Hawkesbury Road in both directions and drivers will be supported with clear signage and road markings. The safety of patients, visitors and staff during construction work is paramount.

Thanks for your patience while we help make Westmead more connected than ever before.

For more information and regular updates, visit www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au or www.westmeadproject.health.nsw.gov.au