Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    Government exceeds car bay commitment

    6/12/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • 525 new car bays open at Rockingham Station this week
    • More than 4,500 new car bays added across network - 50% more than the election commitment of 3,000 bays
    • New bays part of $50million election commitment to increase parking at urban train stations

    More than 500 new car bays are now available at Rockingham station, surpassing the number promised as an election commitment by more than 50 per cent.

     

    Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the Liberal National Government committed to delivering 3,000 new car bays in its first term of government, but that figure had soared to more than 4,500.

     

    “With the opening of another 525 new bays at Rockingham, on top of the 700 bays already delivered at that station as part of this program, we have well and truly exceeded our election commitment,” Mr Buswell said.

     

    The car park opening is the latest in a series of successful expansion and upgrade projects under the $50million Better Transport System project.

     

    “Overall, there has been an increase of almost 45 per cent on the total number of parking bays available on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines since 2008,” the Minister said.

     

    In addition to increases in parking bays, there have been improvements made to CCTV, lighting, passenger set down and pick-up areas, footpaths and the introduction of new bike shelters at many of the stations involved in the Better Transport System project.

     

    “The State Government understands there needs to be a balanced investment approach to the expansion of the public transport system to make sure better access is provided to all types of travellers including pedestrians, cyclists, customers that are dropped off at the station and bus users, in addition to people that park their cars at stations,” Mr Buswell said.

     

    Planning works for the new $47million multi-storey car park at Edgewater, which will add more than 560 bays on the Joondalup Line, are well advanced with the project due to go to tender in the new year.

     

    “I will be following the progress of Edgewater closely to determine if multi-storey parking represents good value for money,” the Minister said.

     

    “I am aware of the demand for more parking across the network, however investment in parking options must be balanced against other incentives to attract people to public transport such as further investment in feeder bus services.”

     

    Fact File

    • $50million election promise to add 3,000 car bays to the Transperth network exceeded by more than 50%
    • Total number of bays on the network since Liberal National Government was elected in 2008 exceeds 4,500
    • In addition, $47million committed to build a multi-storey Park ‘N Ride at Edgewater Station adding more than 560 more bays on the Joondalup Line

    Minister’s office - 6552 6400