On 8 December 2015 the New South Wales government announced a small network of light rail lines around Parramatta, extending from the Westmead hospitals to Carlingford and Homebush via Olympic Park. Stations on the existing Carlingford heavy railway will be replaced by light rail stops; Rose Hill station will be moved. The new service will facilitate extensive residential developments, especially around Camellia, and will be partly funded through value capture.
In October 2016 it became clear that the leg through Olympic Park had lost favour. Announcements of the 2030 master plan for the area did not show light rail however there were hints that an underground railway was being considered. Fairfax Media acquired a leaked copy of the business case, revealing just how costly the full plan would have been. Learn more...
An obvious shortcoming of the surviving network is that it should not end at Carlingford. It should be extended to Epping, which will soon become a major railway interchange. And there should be intermediate stops, including one under Carlingford Court shopping mall.
Passenger convenience should be the prime consideration, ahead of developer profit.