Monday, May 20, 2024

Parramatta Light Rail put to the test

Daytime testing for the Parramatta Light Rail has kicked off today, marking a new milestone as the system gears up to begin passenger services later this year.

The 45-metre trams will travel through the heart of Parramatta during off-peak times between 10am and 3pm as part of the testing process.

The first daytime test run will see the tram journey from the stabling facility in Camellia, complete a run up to Carlingford and back, before rolling into the Parramatta CBD.

With an experienced driver at the controls, the tram will cross a number of key traffic intersections and pass local schools on Macquarie Street, giving locals a glimpse of their future public transport network, said NSW Transport Minister, Jo Haylen.

“Light rail is seeing the light of day in Western Sydney, meaning people can expect more trams to be travelling around as this next phase of testing gathers pace,” she said.

“While we know how excited the community is to start using the light rail, we need to get this right. Passengers cannot get on board until thorough testing is complete.

“This will be a major change for our west that will take some time for people to get used to. We’re going from no trams in Parramatta for 80 years, to one running every seven minutes in the peak.”

Transport Coordinator General Howard Collins said locals should be aware of changed traffic conditions while the system is being tested.

“If you’re driving in and around Parramatta for the first time in a while, be aware conditions have changed – this includes the new white ‘T’ illuminated on intersection traffic light signals for light rail,” he said.

“Watch out for trams moving about in the area, be sure to stop, listen and look around before crossing the light rail tracks, and always cross at a pedestrian crossing.”

Find out more about Parramatta Light Rail safety.

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