A Shorten Federal Labor Government will partner with a Daley NSW Labor Government to build more than 450 additional car parking spots at Campbelltown 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.
Campbelltown Train Station’s existing car park is too small to meet growing demand and in August this year the NSW Coalition Government reneged on a 2015 promise to add 450 spaces.
Labor would deliver this much needed expansion.
Federal Labor will provide $4 million while NSW Labor will kick in a further $14 million.
This announcement follows Federal and NSW Labor’s commitment earlier this week to invest $16 million to expand car parking at Leppington Train Station.
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,” Mr Albanese said.
“This is as practical measure that will make a real difference to the lives of commuters.”
Federal Labor MP for Macarthur Dr Mike Freelander said it was critical that governments invest in this vital public transport infrastructure.
“I am regularly contacted by constituents who are frustrated about the lack of access to adequate public transport infrastructure in Macarthur, and indeed across South West Sydney,” said Dr Freelander.
“The current level of commuter car parking at Campbelltown Station is simply inadequate. Demand is only going to increase as our region’s population continues to grow, which is why this investment is so vital.
“I am pleased to have secured this $4 million commitment from Federal Labor. It builds on our earlier commitment to Leppington Station.
“Currently most car spaces at Campbelltown are gone by around 7am, forcing many commuters to travel to other local stations, which in turn is placing pressure on their finite resources. This commitment will go a long way to addressing this situation.
“I am looking forward to being part of a Shorten Labor Government championing policies such as this, which will make life easier for Macarthur families.”
Federal Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley said today’s announcement confirmed Labor’s genuine commitment to South West Sydney.
“The last thing that commuters rushing to get to trains need is a long search every day to find a car parking space,’’ Ms Stanley said.
“The extra parking at Campbelltown and Leppington stations comes in addition to our multi-billion commitment to build the Western Sydney Rail, which will ensure that residents of our region will be able to access the high-value jobs associated with the new Western Sydney Airport.”
FRIDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2018