More Sunbury rail services start

Hume City Council has welcomed the start last week of two additional train services through Sunbury, but has called on the Victorian Government to also increase car parking at the station.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said many people in Sunbury commute via rail, and Council had strongly advocated for the train services.

“We welcome news that the Victorian Government has expanded the number of trains through Sunbury, but it’s also vital to ensure that parking is provided for commuters,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Latest figures show that 2.7 million passengers travel on the train between Sunbury and Keilor Plains stations each year, and patronage has grown by 25 per cent in the last two years alone.

“The population of Sunbury will almost double by 2036, and it’s vital to progressively increase space for car parking to support generations of young families.”

Cr Atmaca said more parking in and around the railway station would not only assist train passengers.

“If commuters can park in new and dedicated bays which are an easy stroll from the station, local businesses will receive a boost as people walk past shopfronts in the morning and evening,” he said.

More than eight per cent of Sunbury residents use public transport to access their place of work.

Cr Atmaca said many more people could catch a train from Sunbury Railway Station if parking was expanded.

Hume City Council has also advocated to the Victorian Government for an increase in parking at Craigieburn Railway Station, which hasn’t seen any increase in vehicle bays since the end to the electrification project in 2007.

Further information on the need for extra car parking at Sunbury and Craigieburn stations is here.

Updated : 10:26 AM, 18 August 2015

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