Construction started today on the new commuter car park in Penrith, delivering 430 new parking spots for Western Sydney train customers.
NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance today marked the start of construction, and inspected the progress of upgrades to Penrith Station and the transport interchange.
“We know that commuter parking at train stations is a major issue for customers and that’s why we’re getting on with the job of getting extra parking spots at Penrith Station by extending the existing multi-storey car park,” Mr Constance said.
“Penrith is a booming city, so the new commuter car park will now include an extra 80 spaces on top of the 350 that were already promised.
“The new car park will have a new lift, lighting and CCTV surveillance so commuters can feel safer getting to and from their cars”
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said the government was investigating alternative parking options during the construction work, which will take about ten months to complete.
“This brand new commuter car park will provide a massive boost for the Penrith community and we’re working hard to minimise any disruptions to deliver the project as quickly as possible,” Mr Ayres said.
“There will also be changes to operations of the multi-storey car park with all vehicles required to exit via the level one exit ramp onto Combewood Avenue. Signage will be in place to assist customers with the new arrangements.”
The NSW Government is building the new car park as part of the Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure.
Since March 2011, the NSW Government has created more than 5,800 new commuter spaces across the state with a further 7,900 on the way.
As part of the Transport Access Program, the NSW Government is also upgrading Penrith Station with new stairs to the platforms and canopies to provide protection from the weather, an upgraded station concourse, improved bus, taxi, and kiss and ride areas, and upgrades to lighting and CCTV all on the way.