The Andrews Labor Government is advancing plans to provide more car parking for commuters using Sunbury station.
The announcement follows the $60 million Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocation announced earlier this week which will deliver over 2,000 new car parks at busy metropolitan stations including Belgrave, Sandown Park, Craigieburn and Epping.
The Labor Government is progressing design options to expand car parking for the Sunbury station precinct, which has a complex mix of land ownership and regulatory arrangements, and has been working with local stakeholders and the City of Hume on potential development options.
The planning work will be complete by mid-2018, and will allow for the final design and development of a new car park to provide more than 300 new car parking spaces for commuters.
This expansion will build on the 600 car parks currently available for commuters across the Sunbury Station precinct, which are regularly full from early in the morning during the week.
The new car park development at Sunbury will provide for accessible parking for people with disability, secure storage facilities for cyclists and allow for better access for pedestrians.
There are competing demands on the parking spaces near the busy station between commuters, shoppers and shop tenants. By providing extra car parking at Sunbury Station, there will be less pressure on commuters parking in neighbouring streets.
The $60 million Victorian Budget 2018/19 investment builds on previous budgets and which have resulted in more than 3,000 new and upgraded car parks being delivered across metropolitan and regional stations over the past three years.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The Government has already delivered over 3,000 new and upgraded car parks. This investment will encourage more people to use public transport, helping ease traffic congestion on our major roads.”
“It will make it safer and more accessible, which is especially important for people using the car park early in the morning or late at night.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Sunbury Josh Bull
“Sunbury residents have long called for additional parking at the Station and we have been working hard through complex existing arrangements to find the best solution.”
“Expanding commuter car parking at Sunbury Station will help meet the long term parking needs of commuters and shoppers, which will ease congestion in the Sunbury CBD and make life easier for local shoppers and traders.”