Traffic in Norwest Business Park gets attention

BAULKHAM Hills MP David Elliott has accepted a challenge to take up motorists' concerns about traffic in Norwest Business Park.

"David Elliott we would love to talk to you about the current problems with the Norwest Business Park," the woman behind Facebook page Nightmare on Lexington, Louise McDonald, of Rouse Hill, said via the Hills News Facebook page.

Click here to read how The Hills Council, Roads and Maritime Services, and Norwest Association responded to comments made on the Nightmare on Lexington page last week.

Mr Elliott said he would be happy to meet with Ms McDonald.

"But I don't know anybody who didn't expect disruptions during the construction phase of the North West Rail Link," he said.

Followers on Ms McDonald's page have suggested widening Lexington Drive to two lanes, creating another exit onto Old Windsor Road, changing the light sequencing on Celebration Drive and building car parks in Lexington Drive and Norwest Boulevard, among other suggestions.

They believe this would meet the future parking demand they see being created by Bella Vista and Norwest stations.

Bella Vista station will have an 800-space commuter car park, but Norwest station won't have a car park.

"The number of car parking spaces on the North West Rail Link project was determined during the planning process and deemed appropriate for future usage," the project's spokesman said.

"Following community feedback in 2011, the number of commuter car parking spaces for the North West Rail Link was increased by 1000 – from 3000 to 4000."

ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES' FULL RESPONSE:

The North West Rail Link will reduce car trips by 14 million a year.

That’s 12,000 fewer car trips in an average two-hour weekday morning peak.

Norwest station is a key destination station, so workers will be primarily travelling to this station to get to work at the Norwest Business Park.

Customers who wish to drive to a railway station can drive to stations either side, at Bella Vista or Showground, which will have 1,400 commuter car parking spaces between them.

The number of car parking spaces on the North West Rail Link project was determined during the planning process and deemed appropriate for future usage.

Following community feedback in 2011, the number of commuter car parking spaces for the North West Rail Link was increased by 1000 – from 3000 to 4000.

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