WHILE commuters are struggling to find parking in Sunbury, numerous spaces remain empty every day at Diggers Rest railway station.
As previously reported in the Weekly, commuters have complained about how quickly parking spaces around the Sunbury station are filled.
Calls for more parking for commuters, shoppers and businesses have been unsuccessful, with plans for a multi-storey car park quashed in December.
Diggers Rest station, which is on the same line, has a new 550-car park, part of a station upgrade.
In February, this paper reported that hundreds of spaces were vacant every day.
Public Transport Victoria spokeswoman Caitlyn Hammond said that while records of how many people used the car park were not kept, there were vacant spots.
"Anecdotal evidence indicates the number of people parking at Diggers Rest has increased since works around the new station have been completed.
"We haven't got a record of actual numbers, but observing the car park indicates there are a large number of spaces still available at Diggers Rest."
She said more people would use the station once electrification of the line was completed this year.
"Once metropolitan services commence, Diggers Rest station is expected to receive the same number of train services as Sunbury, which will be a significant increase on the current V/Line service frequency at Diggers Rest.
"There's ample space at the station to cater to the anticipated rise in the number of people who will be driving to Diggers Rest once metropolitan services commence later in the year."