A commuter carpark has put the final stages of the Station Street upgrade project on hold.
The Bowral infrastructure upgrade has been halted, due to parking concerns from Sydney Trains.
The construction of the $15.075 million project is pending final negotiations about the acquisition of a parcel of land in the existing car park at Bowral train station.
Wingecarribee Shire Council mayor Duncan Gair said a small amount of car spaces would be lost on the train station property, but others would be re-located to the Memorial Park precinct and adjacent to Kirkham Road.
"This may mean that commuters may have to walk an extra 50 or 100 metres to their vehicle than present," he said.
Councillor Gair has called on the NSW minister for transport Andrew Constance to "step in and clear the final hurdle".
“After 40 years of waiting for a solution to the growing traffic congestion in Bowral’s town centre I think it’s fair to say everybody’s patience is wearing thin,” he said.
“We believe that to leave the growing problem of ever-increasing traffic congestion in our shire’s major town for our children to deal with should not be an option and if left unchecked will only become more expensive to resolve in years to come."
The upgrade has been met with objection from some residents, with a petition previously circulating by action group Highlands Matters.
The petition asked the state governments to “quarantine the grant funds for a true bypass project that will reduce traffic congestion more effectively, retain the unique avenue of trees at the northern entrance, maintain safe and secure parking and is environmentally acceptable”.
Sydney Trains and Transport for NSW representatives will meet with Wingecarribee Shire councillors to discuss options to reduce the impact of the project on commuter parking on Monday.
"Sydney Trains is working to ensure commuter car parking is not impacted by council’s current proposal," a spokesman said.
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