Commuter car parking for 100 cars is set to be constructed in Junction Road, Winston Hills following a $2.5 million grant from Transport for NSW.
The work will standardise the ad hoc parking along the length of Junction Rd which has been utilised by commuters catching buses on the M2 Motorway, which runs parallel to Junction Road.
Funding from TFNSW will enable Hills Shire Council to complete pavement, kerb, footpath, landscaping and angled car parking spaces along Junction Road from the Winston Hills Hotel to Ixion St, near Winston Hills Public School.
Earlier this year council signed a Heads of Agreement between with the City of Parramatta, Transport for NSW and The Hills Motorway Trust to provide more commuter parking while ensuring the quality of life of residents was maintained for residents living on The Hills-Parramatta border.
At the time Hill Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said.
“The lack of parking along Junction Road is a big issue felt by residents and those catching the bus along the M2. Junction Road is incredibly busy and this can create a dangerous situation for motorists and pedestrians alike. It’s also a disincentive for residents to catch public transport when they have to walk many kilometres to the bus stop. “
The campaign for parking bays along the street has been in progress for many years.
Dr Michelle Byrne said t securing funding for the project was a “win for commuters and local residents”.
“This project has been a long-time in the making and I’m so happy that we are at the stage where we can move towards construction,” Mayor Byrne said.
“I want to thank TFNSW for their grant of up to $2.5 million. I also want to thank City of Parramatta Council and the State Member for Seven Hills, Mark Taylor MP, for campaigning with (Hills Shire Council) council to get this project off the ground,” she said.
Mark Taylor MP said he was looking forward to residents and commuters using the new commuter car parking.
“More commuter car parks are a priority and I am pleased to have secured the funding from the NSW Government to see this project become a reality for local residents. The project will ensure Winston Hills and Baulkham Hills residents are provided additional and safer commuter car parks,” he added.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said: “The construction of this commuter carpark will make it easier and safer for our residents to access public transport, so it’s wonderful to see this much-needed piece of infrastructure one step closer to becoming a reality.”
The Hills Shire Council will carry out the design and construction of the project as the proposed works are located within The Hills Shire Council boundary while the City of Parramatta Council will carry out the community consultation, as the adjoining residents reside in its Local Government Area.