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4 The Article that Launched The Car Parking Crisis Campaign

This is the article that prompted me to take action on the Car parking crisis at Edmondson Park Station after I saw that resident Surinder Singh had received a parking fine. I started the online Petition calling for #MoreParkingNow


EDMONDSON PARK PARKING CRISIS | ‘Just look around, there are no parking spots’


Article by Madelaine Wong Local News - 12:09PM

Various complaints have surfaced from residents at Edmondson Park relating to infrastructure problems with a shortage of schools and parks.

Parking crisis: Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong, local residents Phillip Durbridge and Surinder Singh call for action. Picture: Simon Bennett

But one of the more pressing problems ever since the suburb boomed years ago is the shortage of parking at the station.

Last October Liverpool Council formed an extra 24 car park spaces in the area, but residents have said it’s not enough.

“I’m a 67-year-old senior citizen who’s retired and catches trains after 9pm but there aren’t parking spaces here for me to park my car and it’s too dangerous to walk from where I live because of the construction. I’m at Ingleburn Gardens,” resident Phillip Durbridge said.

“I catch a train once or twice a week and have been a resident for five years. I’d like to see a multi-level car park. They should provide one parking space per house.”

Long-time Prestons resident Surinder Singh agreed.

“I’ve been here for more than 25 years and do a daily commute to the city but by 7.20am there are no spaces. So I have to park illegally. Sometimes there’s not even any illegal spaces left! So now I come to the station extra early to get a space,” he said.

“I have children who need to commute, they’ve got the same problem. One of my sons got a ticket but he has to go to work so what do you do? He had to pay it with his salary. Something should be done. They should get more spaces even a 20-minute walk away temporarily. It’s been an issue since the station was built.”

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong is angry.

“Commuters are at their wits’ end. It’s chaos!” Mr Chanthivong said.

“The carpark is full around 7am. Commuters have taken to parking on the footpath or parking in restricted areas and risking fines. A conga line of cars is parked as far as the eye can see.”

He said the problem had worsened with thousands of people moving in.

“It’s so dire my office has been inundated with complaints and I expect that will only worsen as thousands of new homes are built. We have a commuter car-parking crisis on our doorstep and the Berejiklian Liberal Government continues to ignore commuters’ needs.”

Council chief executive Kiersten Fishburn said. “Transport for NSW is responsible for commuter parking at stations. Council is aware of the inadequate car parking at Edmondson Park station and has been making representations to the Minister for Transport for extra parking. The council is also considering extra street parking near the station,” she said.

Parking crisis: Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong, local residents Phillip Durbridge and Surinder Singh call for action. Picture: Simon Bennett

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