NEW STATION CAR PARK, ‘SOME PAIN BEFORE THE GAIN’
Recently, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, Member for Hornsby Matt Kean and the Hornsby Shire Mayor, Steve Russell met at Hornsby train station for an announcement on two major transport projects in Hornsby.
The first of which is the widely reported additional 230 commuter car parking spaces at Hornsby train station. The extra spaces will be located in the George Street car park with six of those designated accessible next to the station.
The other project, the track reconfiguration network, which is also planned at Hornsby junction so as to allow the T1 North Shore a greater capacity and a greater reliability of services for passengers.
“These two projects are a prime example of a Government who understands local needs and stops at nothing to deliver improvements that will make a real difference for customers,” Minister Constance said.
However, the Minister was tight lipped on the cost, saying he was reluctant to talk details of that aspect of the project. Further details on the project, for example, where the existing 370 commuter spaces will go during the 23 month construction phase, have also been difficult to obtain.
At time of printing, there is still no specified site for the 370 existing spaces. In a subsequent statement, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said, “During construction there will be a staged closure of the existing commuter car park to ensure work is undertaken safely. Transport for NSW is working closely with Hornsby Shire Council, Sydney Trains and other stakeholders to provide alternative parking as close to the station as possible during the construction period.”
That construction period is expected to take at least 23 months in total with the full closure of the carpark for at least 15 months.
Upon further analysis of this phased closure of the car park and the construction phase of the project, The Monthly Chronicle has found the reconstruction of the car park coincides with the Hornsby Quarry Road Construction Spoil Management Project where 1.5 million cubic metres of soil from the NorthConnex tunnels will used to fill the Hornsby quarry.
The unfortunate timing of the two projects is further exacerbated by the fact the trucks used to fill the quarry will also be traversing George Street where the new car park construction and excavation is taking place.
In a Review of Environmental Factors for the car park project, the cumulative traffic volume was assessed as 1.1 to 1.6 per cent of existing traffic volumes. In a further statement from Transport for NSW, said there will be an additional traffic management plan implemented for the project.
“A detailed Construction Traffic Management Plan will be prepared in consultation with RMS and Hornsby Shire Council to minimise impacts on the community. Access for construction vehicles will be primarily via the existing commuter car park entrance off George Street.”
The Minister acknowledged on the day that there will be some pain in the implementation of the project before commuters and residents realise the benefits of the project.
The site of the new parking complex at Hornsby Station adjacent to George Street Photo: Anthony Brewster Source: Google maps