Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today joined member for Penrith Stuart Ayres to announce around 300 new parking spaces would be built at Penrith Station if the Baird Government is re-elected.
Ms Berejiklian said the new parking spaces at Penrith are part of the Baird Government’s commitment to cut congestion and encourage more people to catch public transport.
“We all know how frustrating it is trying to find a car spot close to the station. With more people wanting to catch trains than ever before, parking is a big issue for the community and one Stuart Ayres has been fighting for,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Mr Ayres welcomed the announcement and said if re-elected the Baird Government would deliver the new parking spaces right next to the station, as soon as possible.
“Labor’s record in Western Sydney was an absolute disgrace. From day-one this government hit the ground running on public transport reforms and customers are now seeing the results,” Mr Ayres said.
“This latest boost of around 300 parking spaces will transform the daily commute for locals, who now spend their mornings driving around the streets looking for a car park.
“I have been fighting for more parking at Penrith and that’s why last month we delivered two new car parks for customers, providing nearly 100 additional free commuter parking spaces at the station.
“Locals will also see construction start this year on a major upgrade of Penrith Station, including new lifts, stairs, a new station concourse and bus interchange – a huge win for the elderly and people with wheelchairs and prams.
“As well as extra parking and station upgrades, public transport customers are now benefiting from cheaper and convenient travel with the Opal card, more than 12,000 extra weekly services, modern and air-conditioned trains and real-time apps.
“I know there’s still a lot of hard work to go but today’s announcement reinforces that the Baird Government is listening to what’s important and delivering the transport infrastructure the community desperately needs.”
The government plans to build a multi-storey car park at Lord Sheffield Circuit and will work with the council to get started as soon as possible.