LABOR WILL EXPAND LEPPINGTON COMMUTER CAR PARKING
A Shorten Federal Labor Government will partner with a Daley State Labor Government to invest $16 million to build an additional 300 car parking spots at Leppington 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.
Leppington Train Station’s existing 850-space car park is too small to meet growing demand, forcing commuters to park on surrounding roads as far a kilometre away and then walk to catch their trains.
Federal and State Labor will each contribute $8 million to deliver the 300 additional car parking spaces.
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.”
NSW Labor leader Michael Daley said that services must keep up with growing South West Sydney.
“Whether it’s free public transport for children, fare refunds for late trains or a new commuter car park at Leppington, Labor will make your commute just that little bit easier.”
“Instead of circling for a car park, you should be home with your family.”
Federal Member for Macarthur Dr Mike Freelander said car parking was raised with him every time he held one of his regular mobile office meetings at Leppington.
“Above all else – this is a safety concern,” Dr Freelander said.
“Many local commuters are made to walk along the side of the road back to their cars of an evening, with no footpaths and no lighting, hoping that they do not get hit by a car. There simply is not enough existing parking to meet present and certainly not future demand.
“The fact that commuters are made to park along the side of the road is also a concern for the local school. I often speak to mums and dads who are frightened an accident will happen each time they drop off and pick up their kids from school.”
Federal Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley said Labor recognised the rapid development of Sydney’s South West made it critical that infrastructure investment kept pace with demand.
“We know because we have listened to our community that it is essential that commuters are able to access parking to make their journey to work as stress free as possible,’’ Ms Stanley said.
“Improving parking at Leppington Station will also ease the pressure on parking at other stations like Edmondson Park and Glenfield and will shorten travel times and allow people to have more time to enjoy their families, exercise, study and other interests.”
MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2018