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A CITY of Mandurah councillor who once went on a hunger strike to push for the Lakelands train station says planning needs to start now to avoid a parking crisis at that station.
Cr Ahmed Zilani, who was elected in 2019 promising to lobby for the station, believes a multi-storey carpark will be needed to meet demand.
The station between Warnbro and Mandurah is set to be operational in 2023, with construction starting next year.
The project is 80 per cent funded by the Federal Government and 20 per cent by the State. It will see more than 2300 passengers each day in 2023, growing to 3500 in 2031.
The future Mandurah Train Station carpark. Credit: Supplied./RegionalHUBCr Zilani said the area allocated to parking was “so small” and the issue had frequently been raised with him by residents.
“There is only a tiny block for parking at the site,” he said.
“The area will accommodate about 400 cars.
“If there is a multi-storey carpark of two or three levels the parking problem will be gone and it will be a transport hub.”
Cr Zilani said with Lakelands’ close proximity to Rockingham, the hub would boost the local economy.
“My proposal is to make it three levels so you can park more than 1000 car bays,” he said.
Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry general manager Andrew McKerrell has also thrown his support behind the idea.
Mr McKerrell said the Lakelands station was a chance to learn from past mistakes.
“I do believe that now the State Government have committed to building this station, lessons from other builds need to be learned from,” he said.
“Given the train station site itself, it would be more cost-effective in the long term to factor in and build multi-level carparking from the start.
“This would assist in alleviating pressure as use of the station grows over time and the community expands.”
North Ward councillor Ahmed Zilani says a multi-storey carpark is needed at the future Lakelands Train Station. Credit: Jake Dietsch/Coastal TimesThe call for more parking comes as construction of a new multi-storey carpark at the Mandurah station is underway, with works expected to open in the second half of next year.
But Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says a multi-storey carpark is not yet in the cards for Lakelands
“About 400 parking bays are planned for Lakelands station. There are no current plans for a multi-storey carpark,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This number is based on the broader catchment area, the capacity of local roads and takes into account passengers who will also walk, ride, carpool or take a bus to the new station.”
However, there a remains a glimmer of hope with the Minister saying the “final design” would be determined when the contractor was appointed later this year.
“As the project progresses, a station access strategy for Lakelands station (including links to pedestrian shared pathways and cycling infrastructure) will be developed, as will a bus network which best aligns with local development and community needs,” she said.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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