May 3, 2019

Media Release – Labor to invest in West Lakes Park and Ride – Friday, 3 May 2019

Mark Butler and a Shorten Labor Government will invest $6 million of a total cost of $11.1 million for a 300-space Park and Ride near the West Lakes Bus Interchange.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better public transport infrastructure, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

Federal Labor’s investment will be drawn from its $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs.

Across the western suburbs of Adelaide, commuters are struggling to find parking spaces at public transport interchanges and are having to park in nearby streets or in shopping centre car parks, causing further congestion.

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese, said Labor’s commitment to improving park and ride facilities was a sensible response that would make a real difference for commuters.

“We’ll not only invest in new public transport services, but also deliver practical measures to help commuters get to work with a minimum of fuss,’’ Mr Albanese said.

Local federal Labor member, Mark Butler, said Labor has already committed to bringing forward a range of major infrastructure projects in South Australia, and this investment would improve access for residents of the western suburbs.

“This project had strong community support when it was proposed at state level, and now in the wake of state Liberal public transport cuts, federal Labor is making up the difference, and standing up for the West.

“Labor can afford to make investments like the West Lakes Park and Ride, as well as pay for better schools and hospitals, cheaper child care and free dental for pensioners because we are closing down the Liberals’ unfair tax loopholes for the top end of town.”

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.