Park‘n’Ride expansion to relieve some commuter parking woes

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news Salisbury train station Park’n’Ride would be expanded, but stressed more work needed to be done to address connectivity to express stations.

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The Southern Star reported the State Government had committed $14.5 million to add 250 parking bays, expanding the station’s facilities to 300 spaces.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said while it was a positive step, there was clearly a mismatch between the express train service timetable, station parking supply and commuter demand.

“Commuters want to be able to efficiently drive to a station, park, and hop on a high-frequency service,” Dr Michael said.

“If people are stuck in traffic just to get to the station they’ll likely be deterred from public transport and contribute to our growing congestion.”

Dr Michael said the State Government and Queensland Rail needed to work together to review the express service timetable and stops and better align them with parking supply and demand.

“Opportunities should be identified to increase parking and connectivity to stations with express services, like Altandi, using innovative methods such as parking space rental arrangements at residential properties, and negotiation with local business and landholders for shared parking schemes.”