Commuter car parking has become the foundation of Labor’s local election campaign with the party promising multi-million dollar improvements at two of the region’s biggest train stations.
State and federal Labor party heavyweights have flocked to the region this month to win over voters with their pledge to build hundreds of new car spaces at Campbelltown and Leppington railway stations.
The announcements come on the back of a recent revelation that the Liberal party does not intend to honour a 2015 election promise to deliver 450 car spaces at Campbelltown station.
State Opposition Leader Michael Daley visited Campbelltown on Friday to meet with local MP Greg Warren and make the $18 million multi-storey car park announcement.
NSW Labor will foot $14 million of the bill, while a federal Labor government would chip in $4 million.
Mr Daley said if Labor was successful in the March 2019 state election, providing extra parking at the station would be a high priority.
“This will be one of the first things we do,” he said.
“The Berejiklian government can find billions of dollars for stadiums but can’t find any money whatsoever for families trying to get to work every morning – talk about wrong priorities.
“If Gladys and the Liberals want south-west and western Sydney to take the brunt of Sydney’s growth, they have to give them services to expand as well, and they are not doing that.”
Mr Warren – who has been pushing for improved parking at the station for months – said he knew extra spaces at Campbelltown would be just the start of what was needed to ease Macarthur commuters’ parking woes.
“We are not only bursting at the seams with regard to car parking, the frustration and anger of commuters is absolute,” he said.
A Transport for NSW spokewoman told the Advertiser earlier this month that the government was no longer looking into building an additional car park in Campbelltown.
“Transport for NSW has stopped work on the proposed commuter car park in Campbelltown following unsuccessful negotiations with the Campbelltown Council,” she said.
“It is not cost effective to proceed with the project at this time. We are continuing to explore the possibility of additional car parking at other from Glenfield to Macarthur.”