Jul 27, 2018

Federal and State Labor Join Forces to Deliver Riverwood Commuter Car Parking

A Shorten Federal Labor Government will partner with a Foley State Labor Government to build a $17 million multi-story commuter carpark at Riverwood Train Station.

The Federal funding is part of Labor’s $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs.

Riverwood Train Station services commuters from Riverwood, Lugarno, Peakhurst and Peakhurst Heights and is located on the busy Airport Line.

Its existing open-air carpark is too small to meet growing demand, forcing commuters to park on surrounding roads as far as 1km away.

Federal and State Labor will each contribute $8.5 million to this important project.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said Labor understood the way in which population growth was placing increased pressure on the public transport system.

“We’ll invest in better public transport across the country, but also in expanding parking facilities so commuters can catch their trains and get to work with a minimum of fuss.

“The parking mayhem on Riverwood streets not only means commuters miss their trains, but locals living near the station have cars parked across their driveway or on their footpath.

“Labor has listened and we are committed to fixing this mess.”

Deputy State Labor Leader and Shadow Planning and Infrastructure Minister Michael Daley said the Riverwood Station had been grossly neglected in the 8 years of the Baird-Berejiklian Government.

“While the Libs love posturing about the need for upgraded parking at Riverwood Train Station on Facebook, they simply aren’t delivering,’’ Mr Daley said.

“Only Labor will make sure locals get the parking they urgently need.”

Federal Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian said people in Peakhurst, Lugarno and Riverwood needed governments that would build the local infrastructure people needed to live better lives.

“Our community has been taken for granted by the Turnbull-Abbott Government,’’ Mr Gambian said.

“As a Labor Member for our area I will be part of a Government that listens, plans and delivers for our community.”

Labor candidate for the state seat of Oatley, Lucy Mannering, said that the carpark was desperately needed.

“Every day when I’m doorknocking in Peakhurst or talking to commuters in Riverwood, I hear about the traffic chaos in our community,’’ Ms Mannering said.

“The Liberal party has had eight long years to act and they’ve done nothing. Only Labor will fix this problem.”