Step Up, Western Sydney U: Parking and Transport is Ridiculous

By Beth:

Parking at Parramatta Campus has been awful for the first two weeks of the semester. So awful, that people have resorted to parking in the side streets where it is highly likely that you will get a parking ticket you cannot afford to pay, on top of fees and text books.

It’s Monday at 9am, the parking lot is full and the University has security guards standing at parking points directing traffic away from the already full carparks and the not-so-full red car zones. They have a giant sign saying “Parking Full Proceed to North Campus” but there is an entire grass area free with no one parked on it.

Usually at midday if there’s overflow, people are directed to park on the grass areas behind the new building site. But when there’s an influx of people at 9am on a Monday morning, they just stand around and say “Sorry, no parking”.

It’s ridiculous and something needs to be done about it. While catching public transport is an option, sometimes it’s not the most comfortable; buses run late, trains run late, they’re crowded and sometimes it takes an hour-and-a-half to get somewhere that should only take 15 minutes.

Western Sydney, step up. We’ve got the space, so let’s utilise it.

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4 Responses to Step Up, Western Sydney U: Parking and Transport is Ridiculous

  1. Daniel March 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I go to Bankstown, so I can’t relate to what you’re saying at all. Sorry.

    However, I have been to Parramatta campus a few times, and without any kind of parking permit, it has forced me to look elsewhere. I have discovered some streets with free parking *near* Parramatta campus.

    First of all there is that small side street with houses on Victoria road, behind the bus stop. it’s got houses and stuff, but all day free parking. but yeah, it get’s full very quickly. and not too many spots (probably 6-7?)

    Next best thing that I know of is Clyde street. It’s got some businesses and stuff, and sure, near the petrol station are only 1P or 2P, but further down, no parking meters or signs. You can take the bike track that goes by the river to get to campus in like 10-15 mins walking casually.

    I’m sure there’s more streets than that. In fact I have seen students parking in Brodie St, but there is a generic sign on the fence that says “Rheem employee parking only”, but its a bit vague. Do they mean on the street there? or within the grassy area confined by said fence? And it’s not a council sign, so perhaps they don’t have the ability to enforce their own restrictions. Personally, I wouldn’t, but you might get away with that.

  2. Gabrielle March 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    Yeah I go to Parramatta campus and they really need to listen and invest in more parking!! Maybe a multi-level parking at the south campus would be a good investment, if they don’t want to change the green space into parking? At best, the students complaining now will have already graduated before they do something about it though!!

  3. Zoe March 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    My biggest issue with the car park is that any time I take a short cut through it to catch an uncomfortable, often late bus (I can’t afford a car at present) there are students screaming out “excuse me, where are you parked?!) I’ve just stopped answering now because to be honest the last thing I feel like doing is explaining to people who don’t feel like waiting for a parking spot that I can’t afford a car.

    I’m sure difficulty parking is an inconvenience, so is having random people frantically yelling to get your attention as you’re on the way to catch a stupid, overcrowded bus, or missing said bus because you walk the long way around to avoid being yelled at !

  4. Trish April 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Dear Beth,
    Parking at the Parramatta campus has been a nightmare for the 3 years I’ve been there, even had security tell me that he purchase of a blue parking permit only allows my to look for a space and isn’t a guarantee of a parking space.
    Interesting how the University will spend millions on a re brand that bland, boring and non-individualistic rather than more parking to accommodate the influx of staff and students. Sort of tells you where their priorities lie don’t it

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