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Parra light rail won't hurt business

New.com.au: Parramatta light rail won’t hurt business

News.com.au reports that the NSW transport minister says that disruption to Parramatta’s popular alfresco dining area – known as “Eat Street” – will be minimal during the construction of the western Sydney light rail.

Andrew Constance insists lessons have been learned from mistakes made during the construction of the Sydney CBD light rail which has affected many businesses on George Street.

Stage one construction is set to begin in mid-2018 on 12 kilometres of track with 16 stops from Westmead to Carlingford. Stage one of the Parramatta project is due to be completed by 2023.

City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas, who owns VIVO Cafe on George Street, says construction work hurts businesses. “There’s nothing you can do to mitigate against this,” she told AAP.

“Apart from the noise and the dust, it’s the look, and people will go elsewhere. The construction phase is definitely business annihilating.”

Ms Vithoulkas says she’s experienced a 50 per cent drop in sales. “If the government thinks any small business can cope … then someone, somewhere, is kidding themselves.”

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