Good news for Melrose Park residents with the announcement construction of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 will begin under the Minns Labor Government in this term with a $2 billion investment.

The 2024-25 Budget paves the way for work to start following recent NSW Planning Approval for the project, as well as Federal Environmental Approval. 

The project includes a light rail stop within walking distance of the Melrose Park development precinct.

The 12km alignment will link the Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via the Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park, and Wentworth Point neighbourhoods with 14 new stops, three new river crossings, and 8.5km of new walking and cycling paths.

Passengers will be able to travel from Sydney Olympic Park to Camellia in around 30 minutes, and on to the Parramatta CBD in another 7 minutes.

Construction will be phased, with initial work to begin later this year on a new 320-metre public and active transport bridge over the Parramatta River, between Melrose Park and Wentworth Point.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project is currently in testing and is on track to serve tens of thousands of commuters in the coming months.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said: “We’re getting on with the job and building this essential project that people who live in the fast-growing suburbs of Western Sydney were promised.

Stage 2 will directly link Parramatta to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

That’s a game-changer for communities around Parramatta – connecting venues, schools, shops, and people for decades to come.”