Greenway MP turns up the heat on battle for more commuter parking at Northwest rail stations

FIGHTING BACK: Greenway MP Michelle Rowland is calling on the government to improve parking around Schofields Station.

FIGHTING BACK: Greenway MP Michelle Rowland is calling on the government to improve parking around Schofields Station.

Greenway MP Michelle Rowland has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the government to improve commuter parking at Schofields Station. 

It’s not conducive to people’s good quality of life in this area - Michelle Rowland

The shadow minister for communications said emerging infrastructure and rising population had increased the need for more parking at almost every station in her electorate.

“The situation with commuter car parking has been getting absolutely atrocious,” Ms Rowland said. 

“It is one of the single biggest issues from people in my area. I have seen how quick the station car parks fill up in the morning.

“It’s a reality of life with us living in the north-west we need to commute and there needs to be proper facilities to enable public transport.”

An inadequate number allocated parking spots has forced motorists to park along the side of the road with hundreds of cars backed up more than a kilometre down Railway Terrace and Pelican Road. 

“It’s not conducive to people’s good quality of life in this area,” Ms Rowland said.  

”This is a massive issue which goes to the quality of life of many of my local residents, and when you have to park literally in the next suburb and walk for the length that you describe, it really is a disincentive to use public transport.”

More than 200,000 new homes are expected to be built in western Sydney over the next decade.

Ms Rowland said she would be pushing the Liberal government to step up and accommodate the future growth in Sydney’s north-west.

“When you calculate how many people that is going to need to cater for and how many people will need to commute, that is a completely inadequate amount that's being planned,” Ms Rowland said.  

“We have more than 10 new suburbs to be created and these people will either be in their cars or using public transport. I know which one I would prefer them to use.”

A Transport NSW spokesperson said the organisation is working with Blacktown Council on plans for more commuter car parking at Schofields Station.

“The new parking, made possible by a $2.75 million investment from the NSW Government, will be built on a vacant road reservation area north of the station, on Railway Terrace,” the spokesperson said. 

“Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered around 6000 new car parking spaces for customers with more on the way.”

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