Parramatta Light Rail will connect the Westmead health precinct to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD. Stage one will have 16 stops.

The planning approval comes after extensive consultation with community and local businesses. Construction and operation contracts will be awarded in the third quarter of 2018 with the final cost known once contracts are signed.

A final business plan for stage two, which will connect Parramatta’s CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park, is due to be finalised by the end of 2018.

Now planning approval has been given, construction on the project is expected to commence by the end of 2018.