21 December 2018
Parramatta Light Rail given the green light.
The Parramatta Chamber of Commerce congratulates Transport for NSW on the selection of the two major operators who were this week given the green light to build and operate the much anticipated Parramatta Light Rail project. Parramatta Light Rail is one of NSW Government?s major public transport ventures, and part of a record $80 billion infrastructure across the state.
Parramatta Light Rail will be built in stages in order to manage the growing population and thousands of new houses and jobs being created. The contracts were awarded to Downer and CPB Contractors in a joint venture for the construction and the supply, operate and maintain contract went to the Great River City Light Rail consortium. ?We at the Chamber look forward to working closely with these organisations to ensure the minimisation of difficulties with the construction and long term operation? says Schon Condon, Chamber of Commerce President. ?It will be the Chamber?s aim that one day people will look at this project as the epitome of public transport infrastructure development? he continued.
We also applaud innovations within the contract such as the ceasing of construction in the Eat Street zone during summer months with the area to be turned over to outside dining and entertainment. A real step forward for the businesses of Parramatta. We look forward to more good news as it unfolds in the new year.
?Connecting Parramatta is key to enhancing prosperity and lifestyle. Connecting great people to great places is at the heart of this project. The Parramatta Chamber of Commerce welcomes the sign off of these substantive and experienced operators that will be connecting Parramatta and its surrounding communities. This is vital in attracting investment, creating job opportunities and enabling Parramatta to be a tourist destination with the likes of Powerhouse Museum and the Bankwest Parramatta Stadium.? says Schon Condon.
Stage 1 of the project will begin in 2019 that will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia.
Parramatta Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with Parramatta Light Rail and Transport NSW in delivering this project. ?We will do all we can to assist the business community from construction stage to final stage. We are determined to avoid the Sydney CBD experience and ensure optimum quality of work and timeline rollout.? says Schon. ?We are on track for success!
For further information, please contact the Chamber office on 9635 0022