Station carparking for local residents
In the newspaper reports of the many discussions regarding the plans for a new carpark at Eastwood station I have seen no mention of making provision for local residents who wish to park at the station to use the train for casual journeys during the day, ie, commencing the journey at a time later than the commuters arrive to park, and so at a time when there is virtually no suitable parking available.
A significant proportion of these people are likely to be Senior Citizens.
This omission is very evident in Victor Dominello’s letter to constituents in which he states that there are two sources of traffic for the proposed car park at Eastwood:
Shopper/Community Traffic- those who come to Eastwood for shopping and community events, and Train Station/Commuter Traffic, those who drive to Eastwood from inside and outside the area to access the station primarily to go to work.
Ryde Council being responsible for the former, and the NSW Government for the latter.
Anecdotal information is that a significant number of the available parking spaces are currently being used by those commuters from other municipalities who drive to Eastwood to catch a train from there.
But where is the provision for local residents who wish to use the train during the day and require parking at the station in order to do so? Once again they have been ignored.
My experience has been that unless one reaches the station area early in the morning there is no hope of finding a parking place that is within walking distance of the station and will provide adequate time to leave a car for several hours to complete a journey for social or business reasons – such as to visit friends in another suburb, attend an appointment in the city and then stay to do some shopping, or to have lunch and attend a concert.
My personal experience last time I tried to catch the train mid-morning was that after 20 fruitless minutes cruising round the streets I found parking 7/8 of a kilometre from the station.
Not all prospective passengers would be able to walk that distance, particularly carrying shopping or in wet weather, and it definitely is not convenient, nor is there any certainty of obtaining a parking place at all.
Surely Ryde Municipality ratepayers who wish to travel by train during the day should be catered for?
It is pretty galling that parking for commuters from other municipalities is to be provided, whereas ratepayers are unable to find parking.
Some arrangement must be made to provide parking for them, otherwise they cannot use the train, and in some cases, would be unable to travel from home.
When plans are finally being prepared the solution could include having an area of the carpark to which entry is not available until after, say, 9.30am, and to make provision for an area exclusively for resident parking.