Much-Loved Parramatta Pub To Be Knocked Down For Light Rail
One of western Sydney's most iconic pubs is to be knocked down to make way for the city's new light rail network.
Parramatta's Royal Oak Hotel, which has been standing on Church Street for 200 years, stands in the path of the intended tram route and will need to be levelled if the billion-dollar project is to go ahead.
"No-one has been consulted about the impact that this is going to have on the community," long-time patron Roman Dechnicz told 9News. "And I think it's a disgrace."
Robyn Lord agreed, adding: "Absolutely devastated, it's a good family local hotel."
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance acknowledged that it would be a "difficult" time.
"We will work with everyone to assist businesses during this obviously difficult period for some, as we get on and build infrastructure for everyone," he said.
Parts of Church Street will be pedestrianised to accommodate the light rail network, which the state government say will be up and running in the CBD in just 18 months.