Greenway residents dominate submissions to commuter parking inquiry

Almost half of all submissions to the NSW Commuter Car Parking Inquiry came from the federal Greenway electorate.

Riverstone, Glenwood, Quakers Hill, Schofields, The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens and Seven Hills residents made up 45.7 per cent of the 94 responses to the inquiry.

The NSW government’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee aims to use the responses to gauge the effectiveness of current state policies and consider alternative modes of first mile/last mile transport.

Greenway MP Michelle Rowland said the strong response from her electorate showed an urgent need for action in north-west Sydney.

PARKING THE ISSUE: Greenway MP Michelle Rowland near Quakers Hill railway station, where commuters fill surrounding streets in search of parking. Picture: Meg Francis

PARKING THE ISSUE: Greenway MP Michelle Rowland near Quakers Hill railway station, where commuters fill surrounding streets in search of parking. Picture: Meg Francis

“Commuter car parking is one of the single biggest issues raised with me by local residents. I have seen firsthand how quickly local train station car parks fill up every day,” she said. “Train stations in Greenway are experiencing increasing patronage every year and yet there is still a clear lack of parking.

“I urge the NSW government to heed the clear concerns raised to this inquiry by Greenway residents and work on urgent solutions to the commuter car parking shortage.”

Ms Rowland said the lack of parking was affecting commuter safety with long walks alone from public transport to parked cars.

She added disabled parking spots were exhausted “at alarming rates”, and commuters were frustrated when bus services did not align with train timetables.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said the government was “committed to making life easier for public transport customers” with more free parking near stations and interchanges.

The Sydney Metro Northwest project will bring 1200 new spaces to Kellyville train station.

“The government and Blacktown Council are also investing $5.75 million to deliver a parking boost for Schofields station,” the spokesman said.

“For customers who want to leave the car at home, a number of bus routes are also available serving Riverstone, Schofields and Quakers Hill stations.”

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