Pressure builds for Riverwood car park

16/02/2019 Posted by admin

Traffic relief needed: O’Bray Smith and Justin Mining are advocating for a commuter car park at Riverwood train station. Picture: Jane DysonRIVERWOOD residents have been lobbying Hurstville councillor Justin Mining and Oatley Labor candidate O’Bray Smith about the increasing traffic problems around Riverwood railway station.

With not enough commuter car parking facilities, cars are being parked across driveways, on footpaths or the wrong way, often endangering residents.

And the haphazard parking is making it hard for council staff to keep the streets clean.

The congestion is expected to get worse with the rise of unit block developments built too far from nearest stations, forcing people to drive.

Phil Greaves of Larkhill Avenue said the streets were congested for at least one kilometre around the station.

The problem had increased after changes to train timetables reduced services at some smaller stations.

“My major gripe is that people who are using our street are showing no consideration for others,” Mr Greaves said.

He contacted Councillor Mining in the hope that Hurstville Council could do something.

“A long-term solution would be a good commuter car park,” he said.

Cr Mining took the matter to the council where councillors unanimously agreed to liaise with relevant state government agencies over any plans for building a commuter car park; to conduct an analysis of surrounding streets to ensure that appropriate parking, signage and line markings were in place to ensure driver safety and local amenity; and to consider proper enforcement of existing parking rules.

Also, councillors would consider alternative street sweeping options to ensure streets around the station were kept clean.

“The state government has cut train services at many stations meaning more commuters are driving and parking at Riverwood for express services,” Cr Mining said.

“The state government needs to start planning for adequate parking to relieve the pressure.”

Ms Smith said while people should be encouraged to use trains, this would be effective only if supporting infrastructure was in place.

“The state government needs to be urgently working with council in developing more parking for commuters at Riverwood,” she said.

“Unless a solution is found soon the problem is only going to get worse for locals due to the government allowing rows of unit blocks to be built in Peakhurst.

“This will result in thousands of extra commuters looking to park in Riverwood without any extra parking being provided.”

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