New Leppington Station bus services a "band aid solution" for parking crisis

FED UP: Michael Andjelkovic is frustrated about the lack of car park options available at Leppington train station. Picture: Chris Lane
FED UP: Michael Andjelkovic is frustrated about the lack of car park options available at Leppington train station. Picture: Chris Lane

As the car parking crisis at Leppington Station continues to grow, the state government is hoping more bus services will help to make the commute a little easier.

There will be 65 extra services each week between Gledswood Hills and Leppington Station on route 841.

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said Macarthur commuters would benefit from the additional services.

"The NSW Government is committed to delivering better public transport when and where it is needed," he said.

"From April 28 we'll be improving the frequency of route 841 services during the morning and afternoon peaks each weekday so that customers will be able to catch a bus every 15 minutes.

"This service travels through suburbs like Gledswood Hills, Leppington and Denham Court with the extra buses helping to meet the demand of customers wanting to travel between home and Leppington Station."

The extra services on route 841 have been made possible under the NSW Government's Growth Services Program.

However community campaigner Michael Andjelkovic said the new buses would be a "band aid solution".

"More buses will do a little bit to help but the issue at Leppington is, and always has been, the parking," he said.

"Buses will only scratch the surface of the problem.

"The car parking crisis has only gotten worse over the past year."

Premier Gladys Berejiklian promised the NSW Liberal party would build an additional 350 commuter parking spaces at Leppington Station after the election.

Mr Andjelkovic welcomed the parking announcement but feared the number of spaces was not high enough.

"That's really just a band aid solution as well because what we really need is thousands of car spaces and a multi-level parking structure," he said.

"The state government owns land across from the station that could be used for temporary parking while the new parking structure is built.

"The buses will help the residents that have access to them but most people have to drive to the station."

Customers can plan their journeys and view the extra services in the Trip Planner online at transportnsw.info.

For more information, visit busabout.com.au.