The Andrews Labor 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 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.
New lighting, CCTV footage, line markings and signage will improve safety and access in and around the stations.
The 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.
The 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.
The additional parking spaces will be completed by mid-2018.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“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.”
“These upgrades will help locals access the trains they rely on every day to get to work, school and back home safely.”
“We want to make it easier for people to park, encourage more people to catch public transport, and ease congestion on our local roads.”