Rail commuters from Campbelltown finally have reason to scream hurrah. The first sod on a new 508 space, five-storey multideck car park at Campbelltown Station was turned today.

The multideck car park will incorporate lift access and 14 secure bicycle parking areas in addition to several sustainable initiatives, including electric vehicle charging facilities, a rooftop solar panel array and battery storage and rainwater tanks.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said that the Australian Government is proud to be partnering with Campbelltown City Council to improve access to public transport for residents of south-western Sydney.

Ms King attended the ceremony along with along with Federal Member for Macarthur Dr Mike Freelander and Campbelltown Mayor Dr George Greiss.

“The Australian Government is firmly committed to supporting public transport use through expanded park-and-ride facilities for the Macarthur region, with Campbelltown Station serving as the premier train station for much of South-west Sydney,” Dr Freelander said.

“That is why we are fully funding this project – with the end goal to contribute to reduced congestion around the Campbelltown CBD and arterial roads.”

Construction of the $25 million project is fully funded by the Australian Government, while Council is the owner of the land. The project received an additional $2.91 million in Australian Government funding following the 2023 Infrastructure Investment Program Strategic Review.

Dr Greiss said that these additional parking spaces will make it easier for commuters to access the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs and surrounding areas.

“As our region continues to grow, it’s important that we collaborate across multiple levels of government to deliver projects such as this to ensure local services keep pace with growth,” he added.

Arenco has been awarded the contract to carry out the car park upgrade, and construction on the project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2024.