Worries over Thirroul car park walk

Ryan Park is concerned about the safety of people walking to the new Thirroul commuter car park.

Ryan Park is concerned about the safety of people walking to the new Thirroul commuter car park.

Keira MP Ryan Park has raised concerns about the safety of those walking to and from the new Thirroul commuter car park.

The new car park is located in Church Street, a 350-metre walk from Thirroul station.

In a question without notice to Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Mr Park asked about whether any additional lighting or CCTV had been provided along the route.

‘‘It’s something that has been raised with me,’’ Mr Park said.

‘‘It’s late at night and particularly in winter months when the days are shorter. It’s about making that trip back from the station to the car park and making sure people feel safe with adequate lighting and CCTV in and around those areas.’’

Mr Park raised the issue because he said train stations and commuter car parks ‘‘are known crime activity areas’’.

The Keira MP admitted CCTV along the route may not provide the same level of security as those on the train station.

“It’s a little bit difficult to have some of the CCTV monitored in the same way that they are at stations,” Mr Park said.

Mr Constance’s response to Mr Park’s questions in parliament made no reference to lighting or CCTV on the route.

‘‘The new commuter car park is a short walk from Thirroul station, makes use of government-owned land and includes a range of a customer safety features including security fencing, lighting and CCTV,’’ Mr Constance said.

“The new commuter car park benefits public transport customers who park-and-ride at Thirroul, including those who connect with the express services to the Sydney CBD.

“It also returns street parking to those who live, work and shop locally.”

The distance between the car park and the station has been the subject of much criticism since it was opened in early September.

The car park has seen very low usage, with as few as 14 cars parked there some days.

The critics have said this is due to commuters preferring to park in the streets – as they did before – which are closer to the station.

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