Pressure applied for more Blaxland station parking

Council is calling on the state government to provide more commuter car parking spaces at Blaxland station.

Council is calling on the state government to provide more commuter car parking spaces at Blaxland station.

Council is calling on the state government to provide more commuter car parking spaces at Blaxland station.

Council is calling on the state government to provide more commuter car parking spaces at Blaxland station.

Councillors threw two Lower Mountains parking problems into the spotlight at the June 24 council meeting with a plea for action.

Clr Brendan Christie received unanimous support for a notice of motion about the lack of commuter parking at Blaxland Railway Station, which will see council acknowledge the problem "causing residents to park on the grass area outside of the designated car park".

As the commuter car park is under the control of the state government, council will write letters to Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian requesting an increase in car parking spaces.

When the Gazette visited Blaxland station last Friday morning, the large commuter car park on the station's northern side was full and there were no opportunities to park on streets within a reasonable walking distance.

The car park in the shopping centre on the other side of the station and highway permits parking for two hours only.

In calling for an urgent solution, Clr Christie said the parking shortage at Blaxland station had caused "headaches for residents and train commuters alike".

"We need to address this item now before there is an accident - it's time to do something for Blaxland."

Clr Anton Von Schulenburg agreed, adding "the current train timetable has made the situation for Blaxland worse - it's made more commuters use Blaxland station because of [some services] skipping Warrimoo station."

Clr Christie also gained unanimous support for a notice of motion acknowledging "a significant lack of car parking available at Warrimoo Oval (particularly during weekend sports fixtures), causing safety concerns among residents due to cars parking on residential properties along Rickard Road, in the bush and at the Girls Guides hall".

Unlike Blaxland commuter parking lot, providing adequate parking spaces near Warrimoo Oval is council's responsibility.

Clr Christie's motion will see council prepare a report "giving consideration to options to remedy the safety risks that arise from the parking situation (near Warrimoo Oval and tennis courts), including consideration to funding a parking upgrade in the 2015-16 operational budget".

"This is not a minor issue that can be ignored - it's a safety issue," Clr Christie said.

Clr Brendan Luchetti said parking can also be "a nightmare" near the oval on Thursdays and Fridays from late September when the touch football season begins.

"Whenever there is a sports event that problem is exacerbated," Clr Luchetti said.

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