COMMUTERS will get 150 new car parking spaces at Thirroul Station and a new train service with faster connections to the Sydney CBD.
The NSW Government will build the car park. Planning and design work is now underway and construction will be completed this year.
The Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the new car park will provide around 150 spaces and make a huge difference to commuters catching trains to and from Thirroul Station.
“It’s also a big win for those who live, work and shop locally in Thirroul,” she said.
“I know parking around train stations is a big issue for the community. It can be very frustrating driving to the station and having to circle the streets looking for a car park.”
State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans said
a new South Coast train service will be introduced next month, catering for morning commuters looking for a fast connection to the Sydney CBD.
From Monday February 23, a new peak all-stations service will leave Coniston at 6.01am arriving at Thirroul at 6.23am so customers can connect with the 6.29am Thirroul to Central service.
“This is fantastic news. The goal is to make it simple for customers to park at their local station and get a connecting express service to Sydney from one of the Illawarra’s hub stations,” he said.
“By speeding up trains in the 2013 timetable, we have been able to deliver significant time savings for commuters. That’s time that can be spent at home with family and friends, not stuck on the train.
Mr Evans said the new Thirroul car park will be delivered as part of the Transport Access Program, a NSW Government initiative which is delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.
“The government is also releasing around 1,200 rail staff car parking spaces for customers at close to 100 stations across the state. This includes 40 spaces already open at Wollongong and seven more at Thirroul,” he said.