A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for commuters to find a car park, building over 11,000 new spaces at stations across the state.
The $150 million Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see new carparks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations.
With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and is expected to create and support over 400 jobs.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today visited Dandenong Station, alongside local Member Gabrielle Williams, to announce an extra 1,500 new station car parks along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.
That includes at least 150 new car parks at Dandenong and 135 new spaces at Lynbrook Station, with Cranbourne Station to benefit from at least 400 extra parks, up from the current 683. With communities along the Pakenham line also feeling the pinch, parking at Pakenham Station will be more than doubled with an extra 450 parks.
A re-elected Labor Government will consult with local communities to maximise the number of car parks along the lines, with a commitment to bring the total number of new parks to at least 1,500.
The extra spaces are expected to relieve pressure along the lines, unclogging neighbouring streets and alleviating the need for commuters to ‘car park hop’, driving from station to station in order to find a park.
Additional stations and communities will benefit from the Fund, with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. In addition to building the new parking, funding will also go towards making our stations even safer and more accessible for commuters with new lighting, security and signage.
While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs, cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need.
As stated by Premier Daniel Andrews
“We know how frustrating it is to get to the train station but not be able to find a car park. That’s why Labor will create 11,000 new parks across the state.”
As stated by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“From building the Metro Tunnel to removing those dangerous level crossings, it’s clear – only Labor has the track record local passengers can rely on.”
As stated by Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams
“Not only will we build more spaces at Dandenong Station, we’ll reduce parking pressure along the whole line. This will mean fewer people driving into Dandenong just to find a park, and less competition for local commuters.”