Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott was joined by Seven Hills Liberal candidate Mark Taylor and Hills Shire Mayor Andrew Jefferies to open a brand new commuter car park in Baulkham Hills with more than 180 free and untimed spaces – a major boost for local public transport customers travelling to Parramatta, North Sydney and the CBD.
The project has been delivered as part of the Transport Access Program, a NSW Government initiative delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure where it is needed most.
Mr Elliott said the NSW Government had identified a piece of Road and Maritime Services
land left unused from a previous construction project on the M2, and invested a further $1.25 million to build the new car park in collaboration with the Hills Shire Council.
“This project is just another example of how we are constantly looking for ways to make using public transport easier for Hills commuters,” Mr Elliott said.
The new car park, located in Torrs Street, is in addition to an existing 46 space car park located in the same street, just a short walk away from each other.
“I’m very pleased the Baird Government is again delivering for customers – a block of
land just a short walk from nearby bus stops, has been transformed into a convenient commuter car park to make that morning search for a parking space just a little easier,” Mr Elliott said.
“This is a huge win for customers, particularly those travelling on buses to Parramatta via Windsor Road or on the M2 to North Sydney or the city.
“Now there will be plenty of spaces available for customers to drive, leave their car to go to work, and have access to a range of bus services to take them where they need to go.”
The car park will provide 183 spaces, including four spaces to cater for people with a disability. Cyclists will also benefit, with 20 bike rack spaces now made available.
“We know a lack of parking around busy transport hubs is one of the big issues for our customers, which is why we are getting on with the job of delivering for the people of north west Sydney,” Mr Taylor said.
“I am delighted the NSW Government is also delivering an upgrade of the Baulkham Hills interchange to improve accessibility for customers
“These major infrastructure projects, like the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link, which includes 4,000 commuter car parking spaces, will transform the way people in north west Sydney use public transport.”
Mr Taylor said the Baird Government had acted on the public transport concerns of Sydney’s north west.
“Since March 2011, we’ve increased public transport services for our customers with
more than 10,500 extra weekly train, bus and ferry services,” Mr Elliott said.
“This includes more than 2,700 extra weekly bus services in Sydney’s northwest, which
shows this government listens to customers, sets out a proper transport plan and delivers.
“The rollout of Opal also means customers can access benefits like cheaper travel for regular commuters as well as saying goodbye to those frustrating Monday morning ticket queues.”