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A pregnant woman had to wait four hours before she was able to exit the gravel car park at Aircraft Station in Laverton.
When local resident Klara Kinclova returned to her parked car at Aircraft Railway Station at around 2pm on June 6, it quickly became apparent that the pregnant mother was not going to be exiting the car park any time soon.
It appears the gravel had been graced with the presence of some VIPs, or very important parkers, who thought the race to ‘top up’ and ‘touch on’ in their peak hour morning commute was more important than a pregnant woman picking up her son from childcare.
“As a working mum, I understand people are rushing to work and trying to park to catch the train, but this was an extremely stressful time for me, being 28 weeks pregnant and having a 14-month-old son stuck in childcare,” Ms Kinclova said.
“I have commuted for six years, driven to the station every day and missed trains or been late to work so many times just because I had to find parking solution that wasn’t implicating others.”
Four hours later, after the considered and community spirited drivers had clocked off from work for the day and arrived back at Aircraft Station on their return commute, they returned to their vehicles where a pregnant woman greeted them on the gravel.
Though a meet and greet in the Metro Trains owned car park appears to be the only way to address the VIPs and their very important parking, with the public transport operator providing Ms Kinclova the following response.
“We deploy Authorised Officers in station car parks to ensure that motorists are adhering to parking regulations. If a vehicle is illegally parked in a station car park, an Authorised Officer may report the offence,” Metro Trains said.
“It is only an offence to park contrary to parking regulations in car parks which are gazetted and which have been laid with asphalt, have marked parking bays and no standing signs. There are no lawful requirements for where motorists can and cannot park in gravel car parks.”
“Our Officers don’t currently have the power to patrol the unmarked gravel section of this car park. The car park would need to be upgraded (asphalted, signed and with marked car parking bays).”
“All upgrades and improvements to train network infrastructure must be approved and funded by Public Transport Victoria (PTV). There are no immediate plans to upgrade the parking facilities at Aircraft Station.”
Hobsons Bay Councillor Colleen Gates acknowledged the difficulties that drivers might face with the current car park, but said everyone should be more mindful of others when it comes to their parking decisions.
“The behaviour is quite appalling. However it also shows how desperate people have become given there is currently no public transport connection to Aircraft Station during morning and afternoon peak times,” Cr Gates said.
“Hobsons Bay and Wyndham Councils, Metro and even the LXRA have advocated extensively and for quite some time now for the existing carpark to be sealed and line marked appropriately by PTV.”
“The Level Crossing removal project presents the perfect opportunity for PTV to prioritise funding to this carpark, show some support to local commuters and improve the amenity of this location. Remediation of this car park is critical for commuters.”
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