Commuters will benefit from extra Schofields station parking with the announcement of plans for 700 additional carparking spaces within walking distance.

Construction work to provide the ground-level carpark will start in 2021, subject to planning approval.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance made the announcement on Tuesday (November 3) at Schofields station alongside State Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly and thanked residents for their patience.

“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,” said Mr Constance.

He said 60 additional spaces would be delivered by the start of next year followed by the new 700-space ground level carpark.

“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.

Mr Conolly said that a ground level carpark would be delivered more quickly than a multi-level carpark.

The 60 initial car spaces accessed from Railway Terrace are due to be complete by the start of next year through a NSW Government grant to Blacktown City Council as part of the Commuter Car Park Program.