THE new complex replaced 750 other parking spaces around the station, creating a net gain of 250 extra spots.
Jack Aydostan of Cambridge Park told the Star that the car park saved him valuable time in the mornings.
‘‘Since it opened I don’t have to drive around looking for a place to park,’’ Mr Aydostan said.
‘‘There’s a whole lot more space here.’’
Cranebrook resident Luke Burcher said he felt his car
was more secure at the new car park and he was able to park closer to the railway station.
‘‘There’s lots of cameras around here so I feel safer,’’ Mr Burcher said.
‘‘The best thing is I’m not having to park down the street in the morning.
‘‘I used to drive up around here half-an-hour before my train left; now I can park here 10 to 15 minutes before.’’
By contrast Kristy Spencer, also from Cranebrook, said she now had to walk further to the station, because old parking spaces near it had been removed.
‘‘I have to drive here earlier,’’ Ms Spencer said.
‘‘But I also have to say that parking here is more secure, so I guess that’s better.’’
Annie Vorreiter of Orchard Hills said she could now find a parking spot as soon as she drove up.
‘‘Before I had to park down away from the station and walk up,’’ Mrs Vorreiter said.
‘‘It’s a great asset for Penrith, particularly for people who travel to the city every day.
‘‘The only thing is, I think they could have built more storeys because eventually we’ll need more parking spaces.’’
A Penrith Council spokesman said Penrith’s increasing population demanded that more car parking spaces would have to be created in the future, but the council was already investigating how that could be achieved.
‘‘The car park goes a considerable way to addressing the need for parking in Penrith’s central business district and encourages the use of public transport,’’ he said.
He also said it was also a source of pride that the car park’s building was completed $2.464million under budget.
‘‘This was due to cost efficiencies in project managing the construction,’’ the spokesman said.
He said the former parking spaces near the railway station might be considered for future urban development.
Penrith Chamber of Commerce president Peter McGhee said the North Penrith car park was a major improvement for local commuters and businesses.
‘‘It’s a good outcome for Penrith, but it’s important that we get the complementary infrastructure built,’’ Mr McGhee said.
He said that car parking had always been a problem in Penrith, but as long as the council and planning authorities were tackling it, solutions would be found.