PORT Kembla has handled the first Parramatta Light Rail vehicle for an infrastructure project in Western Sydney.

The vehicle arrived at Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) aboard ro-ro vessel Boheme.

The 45-metre-long, dual electric vehicle was then transported to Parramatta.

NSW Ports commercial and business development general manager Campbell Mason said Port Kembla is well-positioned deliver large and unique operating equipment such as the Parramatta Light Rail vehicles.

“The light rail project is all about serving Greater Sydney’s growing population – a task undertaken daily by NSW Ports and logistics providers operating in Port Kembla,” Mr Mason said.

“The port handles hundreds of bulk and general cargo vessels each year carrying a diverse range of imports and exports.

“The direct road and rail links between Port Kembla and Greater Sydney help ensure productive and efficient supply chains for the people and businesses of NSW.”

Each light rail vehicle has the capacity for more than 400 passengers (the equivalent of six standard buses) which NSW Ports said would result in fewer cars on local roads.

The Parramatta Light Rail, once complete, will aim to provide transport services between Westmead and Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD.