Locking in funds to improve Granville station’s accessibility has been a political battle for years but a recent announcement means the upgrade could be finished by next year. Sally Willoughby and Jessica Aquilina report.
THE workday commute for Granville locals will be a little easier to handle with 40 new commuter car-parking spaces and a revamped bus interchange to be built by the end of 2014.
After years of lobbying, the project's design and construction tender was released last week.
With 40 car-parking spaces a welcome reprieve for the congested station, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government was looking at providing even more parking spaces at Granville after representations by local MP Tony Issa.
"We know parking is such an important issue for those who drive to the station on their way to work and this will really make a difference," Mr Issa said.
Last year, Mr Issa told Parliament how the project would improve accessibility and was predicted to triple the number of Granville train-users.
"Tripling the number of travellers who park to ride the trains and buses in Granville will automatically create a demand for products and services and bring much-needed benefits to local businesses," Mr Issa told Parliament.
The project will see 40 new commuter car parks, an upgraded hub for bus services, extra security video cameras and new toilets.
The design and scope for the project was developed in consultation with Parramatta Council.
Construction is expected to start early next year.
Ms Berejiklian said releasing the tender was an important milestone for the project.