Arup appointed to Stage 2 of Sydney’s Parramatta Light Rail


24 July 2018

Arup: The new Parramatta Light Rail will be a twin track light rail service, used by workers, residents and visitors, which will connect key precincts and destinations near the booming ‘River City’ CBD.

Building on our technical advisory role for Stage 1, we have now been commissioned to undertake the investigation for Stage 2 of the project.

Arup has a strong track record of involvement in light rail projects throughout Australasia, from the Gold Coast, to Canberra and Auckland.

The new appointment comes as a result of the strong working relationship established with our client Transport for NSW (TfNSW) during Stage 1.

Arup’s Project Director Ryan Andriessen explains: “Being on the ground together, working side-by-side to come up with solutions to issues as they arise, has confirmed our role as trusted advisors and collaborators.

“We started out as Infrastructure Technical Adviser, assisting in the planning and procurement of Stage 1 which will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia. Since then, the agency’s trust in our ability to deliver has kept increasing, and they’ve enacted several options to the original contract.

“This has opened up a lot of doors to future opportunities, with contracts that extend through to 2023 to provide on-going technical support for the Early, Enabling and Main Works packages for Stage 1, including design reviews and construction phase services.

“Our brief has grown again to include investigations for Stage 2, which will create a branch to Sydney Olympic Park via Ermington and Wentworth Point, continuing to connect communities, culture and commerce.”

“The Arup project team has worked collaboratively with the TfNSW project team, fielding queries and responding to issues raised with technical input and design. Many in the Arup team have been recognised for displaying the core values of the project team, including Courage, Fair, Vitality, Learning and United, which shows a good assimilation into the project culture. ”

Sydney’s Parramatta is booming with major corporate and government agencies opening new offices, and residential areas developing. Its health and education precincts in Westmead, Parramatta and Rydalmere are growing in scale and reputation.

There are existing and proposed communities in North Parramatta, Camellia and Rydalmere, and major venues such as the Western Sydney Stadium and Sydney Olympic Park.

“ But a city is only as strong and connected as its transport infrastructure. This exciting project is designed to keep pace with change and make sure everyone can make their way around easily. ”




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