Better parking for Beaconsfield commuters
Beaconsfield locals will soon be by-passing freeway congestion on their morning commute to Melbourne with today’s contract award to boost car parking at Beaconsfield Station
The contract means 150 new car parking spaces will be finished by the end of the year.
The project is part of the Australian Government’s Commuter Car Park Fund under the Urban Congestion Fund and the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new car parks would strip cars off the road and bust congestion in Melbourne’s south-east.
“More parking spaces at trains stations means more people on public transport and more cars off the road,” Mr Tudge said.
“Beaconsfield Station is one of 30 sites identified as high priority across Victoria and this will make a big difference in the lives of local people.”
More than 250,000 commuters use Beaconsfield Station each year – with the current 285-space car park often full by 7.30am on weekdays, forcing people to park in local streets or drive to another station.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said the new car parking spaces will be built on vacant state-owned land next to the existing station car park and will feature improved lighting and CCTV – as well as new amenities to make cycling to the station easier, with a secure bike Parkiteer and 16 additional bike hoops.
“Victoria’s Big Build is revitalising transport in the south-east – we want all Victorians to be able to experience our huge investment in our transport infrastructure and be better connected than ever,” Mr Carroll said.
“The Victorian Government is getting on with boosting capacity at station car parks that need it most – making sure everyone can use our public transport system without parking congestion being a barrier.”
Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the project will provide significant amenity to all residents of La Trobe, ensuring they can find a car space and get to work easier.
“I have made it a priority to upgrade local train station car parks due to local feedback,” Mr Wood said.
“I’m proud that work on the new car parking spaces will be completed before the end of the year.
“This stage 1 upgrade to Beaconsfield train station will be the first of many Urban Congestion Fund projects in La Trobe which will benefit all residents in the area.”
The project will be delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains Melbourne and Fulton Hogan, and supported by the Australian Government’s Commuter Car Park Fund under the Urban Congestion Fund and the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund.
Mr Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923
Mr Wood – (03) 9768 9164
Mr Carroll – Matilda Edwards Jézéquel 0447 422 464