Federal Labor and the Andrews Labor Government will jointly fund a $35 million expansion of parking facilities at Frankston train station to help commuters overcome worsening parking shortages.
Federal Labor’s $17.5 million contribution will come from its $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs.
Each weekday the existing car park at Frankston Station is full before 6.30am. Commuters rushing to catch their trains to work are forced to park in surrounding streets and walk to the station or park at stations further up the line.
Labor will deliver a 500-space car park with free parking, making it more convenient for commuters and easing congestion in the precinct.
This builds on Federal Labor’s commitment to deliver the extension of the Metro line to Baxter, which includes plans for new stations with park and ride options at Langwarrin and Baxter, and a new station for the Hospital and University precinct.
Across Australia traffic congestion is acting as a hand brake on productivity and economic growth and is eroding our quality of life.
The problem has worsened during the five years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, which has cut funding for public transport projects and provided no policy leadership to other levels of government on the productivity, sustainability and liveability of cities.
Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Frankston car park would make a real, practical difference for commuters while also reducing congestion for local residents.
“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, including through our new Park and Ride Fund,’’ Mr Albanese said.
“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself. It’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work for local residents.’’
Labor candidate for Dunkley Peta Murphy said the Federal Coalition Government had not delivered a single major infrastructure project in Dunkley.
“Every project in the Frankston Station precinct – PARC, the trade training centre, Chisholm TAFE redevelopment, the station redevelopment and level crossing removals – has been the work of Labor governments,’’ Ms Murphy said.
“I know how important the issue of car parking is to locals. It is time for a Federal Government that is prepared to contribute to our region’s infrastructure needs.’’