COLLECTION OF IDEAS COME TOGETHER
Commuters, shoppers and workers have felt the difficulties of finding parking as Penrith has continued to expand
1 Penrith state MP Stuart Ayres says since he was elected, his government has built new multistorey carparks at Nepean Hospital and Penrith Station, and opened commuter parking at Glenbrook and Kingswood stations.
2 Mayor John Thain said: “We put in $5 million (towards the Penrith Station carpark). It wasn’t our responsibility, but we put in the funds because there was a desperate need.”
3 The NSW Liberal Government is now a 350-space carpark at the station and a $26 million carpark as part of the Stage Four Nepean Hospital redevelopment (pictured).
3 Penrith Council negotiated a deal with Urban Growth NSW to build a temporary 200-space carpark in Thornton, to cover car space losses while the government builds its decked commuter carpark. It will provide another 113 spots by April 18 in Thornton, when Transport NSW closes part of Belmore Street carpark for the construction and operation of a temporary bus interchange.
4 The council has already lifted parking restrictions in Thornton, to create 200 free parking spaces.
5 Cr Thain said through revised linemarking, 80 more car spaces were created in Union Rd, where they will build a new 1000-space carpark by 2019. “We’re focusing on three multideck carparks into the future,” Council’s executive manager for environment and city development, Wayne Mitchell, said. “(When) will depend on demand and growth in the city centre.”
Penrith Mayor John Thain and Councillor Karen McKeown at the site of the council's future Union Rd carpark. Picture: Simon Bullard