The Liberal government has promised to almost triple the number of car parking spaces at Edmondson Park station if they are elected in March however campaigners are disappointed that no parking commitment has been made for Leppington station.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced $40 million will be invested to deliver up to 700 additional commuter car spaces at the station by mid-2020.
“These 700 car spaces are on top of the 400 parking spots already available,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This means, once complete, there will be 1100 spaces available for customers at Edmondson Park station.
“As a government we are doing all we can to encourage people to use public transport and extra car spaces give commuters a good reason to do so.”
Labor has also promised to improve parking at Edmondson Park and Leppington stations, pledging to match the Liberals promise.
Community campaigner Michael Andjelkovic started a petition in 2017 to have more parking areas built at Leppington and Edmondson Park stations.
The petition has attracted more than 7000 signatures.
He said he was thrilled by the announcement of more parking at Edmondson Park but hoped that Leppington wasn’t being forgotten.
“It’s good news that the premier has finally made a commitment to provide more parking at Edmondson Park,” he said.
“My goal was to have both parties commit to funding the projects before the election.
“Labor made their promises and now the Liberals have committed to the Edmondson Park project.
“Hopefully we will get a commitment from them for Leppington soon.”
Mr Andjelkovic said he was pleased with the commitments but now would begin lobbying to make sure the projects were completed to suit the south west’s growing communities.
“They need to take into account the tens of thousands of houses being built in the five council areas that are affected by this issue,” he said.
“It’s very early days but hopefully this will bring commuters some relief in the future.
“We have a saying in the building industry – measure twice, cut once – so we need to get this right the first time.”
Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong said he applauded Labor’s commitment to expanding commuter car parking at Edmondson Park.
“Local commuters have endured years of inaction by this Liberal Government, which has failed to deliver the infrastructure to support our rapidly growing community,” he said.
“I have been fighting for more commuter car parking across my electorate for years and calling for the Liberal Government to Stop the Squeeze.
“It’s time that commuter carparks were no longer battle grounds. Labor’s commitment to more commuter car parking will deliver a fair go for commuters and a fair go for my community.”
Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons said the car park addressed an increasing demand for parking in the area from train customers.
“When we built the new South West Rail Link in 2015 we delivered hundreds of free car spaces, but customers are telling us they need more and we have listened,” Ms Gibbons said.
“The demand for more parking in this area has been increasing so I’m glad our government is able to deliver this solution for my community.”
Final planning work for the new car park, including community consultation, will start in the next few months with construction also set to begin this year.
The Advertiser has contacted Camden MP Chris Patterson for comment.
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