The footprint for 700 additional car parking spaces within walking distance of Schofields station has been identified and planning is being finalised, with construction of those additional spaces expected to commence in early 2021.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said that construction of the first 60 additional commuter parking spaces, located on Railway Terrace, is now underway through a NSW Government grant to Blacktown City Council as part of the Commuter Car Park Program.
“I know it has taken longer to secure the site for this project than we had hoped, but I can assure the community that Transport for NSW is committed to getting it done as quickly as possible,” Mr Constance said.
Mr Constance acknowledged Mr Conolly’s tireless work in fighting for the infrastructure his community needs.
“I want to thank the community for their patience on this project – it has taken longer than Transport for NSW expected to ensure its alignment with future transport plans, but 60 additional spaces will be delivered by the start of next year and a further 700 commuter car parking spaces are on the way,” Mr Constance said.
“The community can be assured that Transport for NSW is working tirelessly with stakeholders to finalise plans for the additional 700 spaces, which will be within walking distance to the station. The ground level car park would include CCTV, lighting, Transport Park & Ride and footpath upgrades,” said Mr Constance.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the revised plan involves an at-grade car park, rather than a multi-deck approach as earlier envisaged.
“Constructing a ground level car park is much quicker than delivering a multi-storey car park, and this means that we will see parking delivered to our community sooner.”
Delivering infrastructure like the commuter car park requires the State Government, local councils, landowners and residents to work together to achieve the best outcomes for the community.
The 60 initial car spaces accessed from Railway Terrace are due to be complete by the start of next year. Subject to planning approval, construction of the additional 700-space commuter car park is scheduled to start in early 2021.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 10,000 commuter car spaces across Sydney, with another 8,000 on the way.