The car parking situation at Macarthur’s newest train stations has gotten out of hand.
That is the view of Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong, who has fielded scores of calls and messages from residents fed up with the inability to find parking at Edmondson Park and Leppington railway stations.
Mr Chanthivong (Labor) is calling the lack of available spaces a ‘commuter car parking crisis’.
He said the station car parks are “full to capacity” by 7.30am or earlier.
“Our railway station car parks are overflowing, which is putting undue stress on commuters who are already juggling long travel times, work and other commitments,” Mr Chanthivong said.
“It’s simply not good enough. Commuters are facing this crisis each and every day of the week.
“Commuters’ needs are being ignored and the Baird Liberal government needs to wake up and realise something needs to be done urgently.”
Ingleburn Gardens, Bardia resident Philip Durbridge enjoys taking the train with his wife Anne for trips to the city.
Now retired, the pair use seniors Opal cards to travel via rail to avoid driving into Sydney.
They are constantly frustrated, however, with their inability to park at Edmondson Park, their local station.
“We generally get to the station after 9am, when peak hour has passed,” Mr Durbridge said.
“There are never any spaces left at all, it’s chockers.”
Mr Durbridge recalled seeing four cars parked in front of construction fencing which was clearly marked as a no parking, tow-away zone.
He said it was not out of the ordinary to see cars parked illegally and he understood why drivers did so.
“They’re just trying to get where they’re going and they’ve got to park somewhere,” he said.
“We’re lucky in retirement that we can make alternative arrangements and get neighbours to drop us off and pick us up.”
Mr Durbridge would love to see bus routes introduced into the new housing estates along Camden Valley Way, which he believes would go a long way to reducing the parking problem, especially as the region continues to grow.
He would also like to see a temporary car parking area set aside until another parking block – similar to that which can be found near Glenfield Station – could be built near Edmondson Park.
Mr Chanthivong has found stories like Mr Durbridge’s are far from uncommon and believes the current state of the car park is turning people away from public transport.
“People should be encouraged to use public transport, not turned off by the experience before they’ve even left the railway station carpark,” he said.
“It’s a disgrace. The car parking problem is only set to worse as thousands of new homes are built.
“I call on the government it give us actions, not more spin.
“I just want a fair go for commuters and my community.”
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has been contacted for comment.