Transport for NSW – Parramatta Light Rail

Fast-tracking the Parramatta Light Rail 

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 construction is on track to begin in mid-2018. The project will provide a vital new transport connection between Westmead and Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, supporting Sydney’s booming geographical centre.

Commuters will be able to hop on and off the “turn up and go” service, which will run daily between 5am and 1am, to cater for frequent usage in and around Sydney’s west, with the first services due to begin in 2023.

$882.5 million in Restart NSW funds will be allocated to the project in the 2017-18 Half-Yearly Review. 

Planning for the Western Harbour Tunnel and F6 Extension

$37 million since 2017-18 Budget

The Half-Yearly Review includes $37 million to progress planning, including the Project Development and Final Business Case for the F6 Extension.

The F6 Extension project connects motorists from southern Sydney and the Illawarra to the wider Sydney motorway network, improving travel times between southern Sydney and the Sydney CBD and easing congestion on the local road network. 

The Western Harbour Tunnel project connects WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney – relieving congestion on the existing harbour crossings as well as on the Eastern Distributor and Anzac Bridge.

Investing in our Regions 

$1.1 billion since 2017-18 Budget

The NSW Government has committed an additional $1.1 billion in Restart NSW funds to regional infrastructure projects across the State. This builds on the $1.5 billion announced in the 2017-18 Budget.

Safer and higher capacity roads, rail lines and bridges are a priority, with $864.1 million allocated since the 2017-18 Budget. Programs include Regional Growth Roads, Regional Growth Roads Freight Corridors, Fixing Country Roads, Bridges for the Bush and Fixing Country Rail.

Highlights include: 

  • around $550 million for construction of the Princes Highway Albion Park Rail bypass 
  • around $75 million towards the NSW contribution for a new Murray River Bridge between Moama and Echuca.

Other key commitments include: 

  • $69.5 million for the Connecting Country Schools project to upgrade digital access for schools in regional areas
  • $38.7 million for the Connecting Country Communities program, which addresses mobile black spots and upgrades telecommunications systems in the bush
  • $21.6 million for the Safe and Secure Water Program, which upgrades and expands water treatment systems.

Housing Acceleration Fund

$151.1 million since 2017-18 Budget

Boosting housing supply is a NSW Government priority. A central element in delivering this priority is to unlock new land for housing by delivering key infrastructure including roads, water and community amenities. The latest Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF) commitments total $151.1 million to construct new roads and upgrade existing ones, which support increased housing supply in and around urban growth areas. 

Projects include $38 million for the Campbelltown Road upgrade in Western Sydney and $26.9 million for Hambledon Road in the North West. This forms part of the $1.1 billion in Restart NSW funds for the HAF.