North Penrith Commuter Car Park, which offers 1,000 free car parking spaces near Penrith Railway Station, will be officially opened on Friday, August 3.
Penrith City residents have been enjoying the $13 million multi-level car park – the area’s first permanent commuter car park – since July 16.
Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said: “The North Penrith Commuter Car Park actually cost about $2 million less to build than the original budget. As project manager, Council worked with construction company Denham Construction Pty Ltd to deliver a cost effective solution.
“The car park features security lighting, CCTV cameras, 30 accessible parking spaces and a lift, so it’s a clean, convenient and safer place to park.”
The project was jointly funded by the State and Federal governments and Landcom. Council was the catalyst that brought the funding parties together from the first funding application made in late 2008 to the final sign offs in mid 2011.
Council has leased the facility to RailCorp for a peppercorn rent for 50 years.
Mayor Davies said: “In essence Penrith City Council made this project happen through its tenacious lobbying for it to be built for our residents and no cost to ratepayers.”
“This great asset helps take more cars off the road by making it easier to use public transport and addressing the high demand for parking around Penrith’s CBD. Through its construction the car park has also supported jobs and will continue to do so as it encourages economic activity and retail investment in Penrith’s CBD.”