New parks welcomed

STATE and Local Government politicians have both welcomed the opening of the final stage of the commuter car park at the Oak Flats railway station.

Part of the state government's $770 million Transport Access Program, the car park now offers an additional 230 spaces.

"Driving around trying to find somewhere to park can be very frustrating so this work is a huge win for customers," Kiama MP Gareth Ward said.

"These brand new spaces are free and untimed so customers can park and ride without having to worry about any restrictions."

Mr Ward said the car park was the latest in a number of upgrades across the Illawarra, including a 40-space car park at Kiama and access upgrades at Gerringong, Austinmer, Dapto and Albion Park.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba hoped the new spaces would encourage more people to use public transport.

"The delivery of this new car parking facility is an excellent result for the people of Shellharbour City who commute.

"This facility will help to reduce the impact of car parking on the neighbouring roads and hopefully encourage more people to consider public transport."

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