Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
More Parking For Passengers To Ease Pressure At Stations
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government will build up to 2,100 extra car parking spaces across Victoria to make it easier for passengers to find a park at local railway stations.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that Ace Infrastructure, Civilex and 2-Construct have been awarded the contract to upgrade 14 busy station car parks across the outer suburbs and regional Victoria.
“We’re making it easier to drive to the station and catch the train that’s why we’re creating up to 2,100 new car parking spaces at stations where they are needed most.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“These upgrades will help locals access the trains they rely on every day to get to work, school and back home safely.”
New lighting, CCTV footage, line markings and signage will improve safety and access in and around the stations.
2016/17 Victorian Budget included $20 Million to build more than 1,500 new car parks. Following detailed planning work that number has increased by up to 600 spaces.
The project will unlock land at stations to provide thousands of new sealed car parking spaces free of charge.
Increasing parking capacity at these stations will also help to reduce traffic congestion on local streets by encouraging more people to use public transport.
“We want to make it easier for people to park, encourage more people to catch public transport, and ease congestion on our local roads.” Ms. Allan said.
Sites were chosen following an extensive audit of more than 200 suburban and regional stations to determine the current capacity, future demand, available land, and population growth of each area.
A series of community information sessions were held this year to give local residents and passengers the chance to have their say and find out more about the car park concept designs.
Additional parking spaces will be completed by mid-2018.
Railway Stations to receive increased car park spaces includes:
- Deer Park,
- Ferntree Gully,
- Keilor Plains,
- Kilmore East,
- Williams Landing.