Work on the NSW Government’s $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail continues, with Australia’s longest stretch of greenway currently being laid along the line.
Transport Minister and Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott said the single green track has been rolled out along the Robin Thomas reserve, bringing the project closer to completion.
“In a first in New South Wales, we have beautifully designed and integrated a green track, with wireless technology, into heritage-sensitive environments along the Parramatta Tram alignment,” said Mr Elliott. .
“As a sustainable alternative to concrete, this green track will use 81% less concrete in its construction and provide environmental and health benefits.
“There will be 1.3 kilometers of green track laid on the 12 kilometer route, with grass to be planted also at Cumberland Precinct and Tramway Avenue.”
Greenway involves planting grass or ground covers between and beside light rail tracks. Zoysia ‘Nara’ grass species was selected after a 12 month testing process at Rosehill to assess growth rate and durability in Western Sydney conditions.
“As a native Australian species, Zoysia ‘Nara’ turf is very durable and well equipped to tolerate Parramatta’s unique soil and climatic conditions,” said Elliott.
“Its main advantage is the low growth rate of the species, which makes it low maintenance.
The community will also benefit from reduced urban heat and greener spaces. »
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1, which will link Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD, is expected to operate services for customers in 2023.