Metrobus answer to university parking problems

A Metrobus could be the answer the parking problems around the University of Wollongong.

A Metrobus could be the answer the parking problems around the University of Wollongong.

WITH University of Wollongong now back in session, parking in and around the surrounding streets is again causing great concern and problems for the local residents.

State MP for Keira and Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Park has called on the NSW Government to examine implementing the proposed Metrobus that will link the southern suburbs of the Illawarra to the University of Wollongong.

“Parking congestion has been a big problem for the local residents for a number of years and there is no end in sight,” Mr Park said.

“Residents are fed up of their streets looking more and more like parking lots.”

Mr Park is urging the Government to look at implementing a Metrobus service, similar to what operates successfully in Sydney.

A route with limited stops coming from Albion Park would allow students to access a service that would bring them to their destination reducing the need to drive or find parking.

“A Metrobus in the region would go some way in assisting the reduction of the amount of cars coming into the area. By limiting the stops means the travel time would be comparable to that of driving their own car,” Mr Park said.

“In Sydney these services have seen massive increases in patronage, in some cases as much as 80 per cent, particularly when they are around major centres and employment hubs such as a university.”


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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