WHAT was an abandoned block of land 18 months ago will soon be used by 220 commuters on a daily basis.
The long awaited $14.8 million two-storey Mount Druitt commuter car park is almost completed and should relieve the shortage of parking.
It has 220 free spaces with lift access and has been designed to allow future expansion.
A car park for the disabled will be available next to the station.
It will open to commuters in the coming weeks, a Transport for NSW spokesman said.
"Major construction is completed and minor finishing works are being undertaken including final safety and quality certification," he said.
Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery and former Londonderry MP Allan Shearan campaigned for the car park before plans were announced by the former Labor government almost two years ago.
Land became available after a lease initially earmarked for commercial development expired.
"It's the end of a long campaign to get a car park here," Mr Amery said.
"It's not just Mount Druitt residents who will use it, they're coming from areas like St Clair and new suburbs that keep springing up. A lot of commuters park at Mount Druitt because that's where the faster trains stop."
Construction began May last year and the car park may have opened sooner if the original construction company tendered hadn't gone into receivership.
"It was too far advanced to stop the project," Mr Amery said.
He believes the car park has enough spots to meet current demand.
Mr Amery's next campaign is to improve access at Rooty Hill station.
Mount Druitt Commuters Improvement Group John Svoboda believes the car park will encourage more people to use public transport.
"There should be more spots but it's a start in right direction," he said.
"It can be extended as the population grows in years to come."
Readers welcomed the news on the Star's Facebook page.
"If it's free, then definitely! Safer than parking your car along the street," Todd Sachs posted.
Julie Morrissey believed 220 spots weren't enough.
"It's ridiculous that there's only two levels for all the workers yet further up the road, Rooty Hill RSL's new carpark has three, maybe even four levels. I think this carpark was a quick fix and they haven't really considered how much parking is needed."