New railway stations facing commuter carparking crisis, local MP says

04 November 2016

Commuter carparking spaces at brand-new railway stations at Edmondson Park and Leppington in south-west Sydney are bursting at the seams – full to capacity by 7.30am or earlier and with no immediate plans for expansion, despite thousands of homes yet to be built in the new growth areas that straddle Campbelltown, Liverpool and Camden.

The situation is so dire at the stations – and across the south west Sydney rail network and growth corridor – that State Member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong, has labelled it the ‘commuter carparking crisis’.

“Our railway station carparks are overflowing, which is putting undue stress on commuters who are already juggling long travel times, work and other commitments. It’s simply not good enough. Commuters’ needs are being ignored and the Baird Liberal Government needs to wake up and realise something needs to be done urgently. Commuters are facing this crisis each and every day of the week,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“The reality is that the Baird Liberal Government puts development before people, and infrastructure planning at Edmondson Park and Leppington are woefully inadequate.

“People should be encouraged to use public transport, not turned off by the experience before they’ve even left the railway station carpark! It’s a disgrace.

“The carparking problem is only set to worsen as thousands of new homes are built. I call on the Government to give us actions, not more spin. I just want a fair go for commuters and my community,” Mr Chanthivong said.