LABOR COMMITS TO COMMUTER CAR PARK UPGRADES

A Shorten Labor Government would make it easier for commuters to use public

transport by investing $30.5 million to improve Park and Ride facilities at the

Mortdale, Panania and Hurstville train stations.

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The investment would be drawn from Labor’s National Park and Ride Fund for new

or expanded car parks at public transport hubs, which was announced last June.

These three train station on the Illawarra and Airport Lines service commuters

across the suburbs of East Hills, Panania, Hurstville, Hurstville South, Allawah,

Penshurst, Hurstville Grove and Mortdale.

Each day the existing car parks at these stations are full by 7.30am, leaving

commuters to seek parking in nearby streets or instead simply drive to work.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said Labor

understood the way in which population growth was placing increased pressure on

the public transport system.

“We’ll invest in better public transport across the country, but also in expanding

parking facilities so commuters can catch their trains and get to work with a minimum

of fuss,’’ Mr Albanese said.

Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian said Labor’s commitment demonstrated

that it was listening to the community.

Over nearly six years of chaotic government, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison

Government has cut infrastructure investment and allowed traffic congestion to

worsen on its watch.

A Shorten Labor Government would invest in better public transport, better roads

and improved park and ride facilities, an approach that will make a real difference to

the lives of Australians.