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Hornsby commuters will be happy to hear 230 new carparking spaces are on the way but they come at a short term cost.
Soon, about 90 parking spaces at the station will disappear for nine months and another 370 spaces will go next year, with no decision made on where hundreds of cars will go yet.
Planning approval was granted for the new carpark and rail upgrade works with slightly altered plans earlier this month after 92 submissions from the community were considered.
The original artist impression of Hornsby train station carpark
The new design for Hornsby train station commuter carpark.
A Transport for NSW spokeswoman said work on the new car park is expected to start within weeks, with major construction scheduled for later this year.
A staged closure of the existing commuter carpark at the northern end of George St will lead to full closure by January 2017 for about 10 months.
Any car-parking spaces made temporarily unavailable during construction will be relocated nearby, the spokeswoman said.
The new carpark in George St has been designed to accommodate potential future expansion with a new design featuring “vertical irregular spaced aluminium sheets”.
The carpark will have single lane entry and exit points at the north end of the carpark, a new lift and CCTV. Six new accessible spaces will also be provided next to the station and a covered pathway for pedestrians will now be considered during detailed design.
An assessment report said most construction work would be during daytime hours with noise expected to be “worst during the earlier stages” for western facing residential units along George St.
The new design for Hornsby train station commuter carpark.The revised plans now include “consideration for future electric car charging systems” and aim to achieve “a minimum ‘Silver’ rating under the NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines.”
A construction compound at the station will run for about 20 months and operate 24 hours a day.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said temporary alternative commuter carparking will be provided free of charge within walking distance of Hornsby station.
“Transport for NSW is currently investigating options for alternative parking arrangements and will continue working closely with its construction partners, Hornsby Shire Council, Sydney Trains and other stakeholders to provide a suitable solution,” the spokesman said.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au