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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.