The Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) project is a State Significant Infrastructure project by the NSW Government that will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres, and is expected to open in 2023. Visit their website to learn more: https://www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au
MU Group was engaged in 2016 by then Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in providing a team of experts representing the client as the Roads Authority and be responsible for fostering ‘Whole of Government’ collaboration, proactively identifying and resolving complex technical issues to ensure successful delivery of this iconic addition to Sydney’s transport network which, once built, is expected to revitalise the geographical heart of the city.
MU Group began working on the PLR Project before a light rail network was proposed and the preferred project was submitted to the NSW Cabinet Infrastructure Committee.We provided Roads Agency input and guidance to the PLR Project team on its development, design and operation of transport and traffic models. This includes transport planning and traffic management input and road impact assessments to ensure a holistic transport solution is obtained for all road users.
During this engagement, a high focus on leadership and collaboration helped us to develop and foster a strong collaborative relationship with the PLR Team and stakeholders whilst ensuring optimal network integration that maintains performance of the road network.
Our involvement spans all aspects over the life of the project. We provided the Transport planning inputs in support of Strategic Business Case, Final Business Case, Environmental Impact Statement, Design development, Contract (specifications) documentation and project delivery.
MU Group were able to leverage its experience and networks within government to work collaboratively and resolve issues in a manner that created momentum for the project. Our ability to present a united approach from the ‘transport cluster’ is much valued by our client and will ultimately provide great outcomes for the people of Central River City.
PLR has unique challenges in integrating with the existing road network, in particular with crossing significant arterial roads such as James Ruse Drive and Kissing Point Road. Our expert Contract Managers formalised with RMS and TfNSW legal teams a detailed Collaboration Agreement, Roads Act Approvals and Work Authorisation Deed to oversee the Rails/Road interface and establish responsibilities during different project phases.
After more than four years, MU Group remain an integral component of the PLR team, providing leadership and coordination in areas including design reviews for traffic planning and management, strategies for the effective integration of active and public transport, and the needs of heavy vehicles and industry. We believe that the success of MU Group during project development has led to an extended engagement into the project delivery phase.
MU Group continue to be part of the project in providing transport interface and integration services. We thank our client TfNSW for their support on such a remarkable project.