The Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 project has received planning approval, marking a major step forward for the Western Sydney rail network. 

The approval comes after the New South Wales Government invested $200 million in the 2023-24 NSW Budget to expedite the project’s planning processes so construction can begin this term of Parliament.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will connect Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via the growing communities of Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.

The 10km extension will include 14 new light rail stops that will provide residents with a long-awaited public transport link and unlock future housing growth.

The approved light rail corridor includes alignment changes around Rydalmere that will make connections to the Rydalmere Ferry Wharf easier and improve travel times.

Passengers will be able to travel from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia in around 30 minutes, and on to the Parramatta CBD in another seven minutes.

Construction will be phased, with initial work to begin in late 2024 on a new 320m public and active transport bridge over Parramatta River, between Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.