A Shorten Labor Government will invest $4 million towards the expansion of the Mango Hill Station parking facility, meaning locals will have access to more parking spaces years sooner than previously expected.
This critical local project is part of Labor’s $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs, such as train stations.
Currently the Mango Hill Station parking facility is at 120% capacity, leaving commuters scouring local streets for a parking spot before they even make it on the train to work.
Labor’s National Park and Ride Fund builds on our support for public transport to deal with urban congestion in our cities.
That’s why we are backing the Cross River Rail project, which will significantly increase capacity on the South-East Queensland rail network.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese said the funding showed Labor’s genuine commitment to public transport that delivers for local communities.
“Labor knows that 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. That is why we are committed to upgrading parking facilities here at Mango Hill Station and at transport hubs across the country,’’ Mr Albanese said.
“For public transport to really work we need to ensure locals can actually make it to the train. When commuters are consistently missing their train while they try and park, the system isn’t working properly.”
“Locals in Mango Hill, North Lakes and surrounds know that parking at Mango Hill Station is at breaking point. The community needs more parking infrastructure and they need it now.”
Labor’s Candidate for Petrie Corinne Mulholland said: “Locals have told me that the parking available at Mango Hill Station simply isn’t enough. Commuters are turning up and driving in circles around the station trying to find a parking spot. Labor is committed to fixing this ridiculous situation.”
“Corinne and dedicated State Member for Murrumba, Steven Miles, have been lobbying hard for this funding. Labor is listening to locals and will deliver the infrastructure commuters need”, said Mr Albanese.
Labor’s Park and Ride Fund delivers grant funding to local communities – via state and local governments – to construct new car parks and expanded existing facilities in high-growth areas with demonstrated commuter need. A Federal Labor Government will partner with local communities to fund the projects on a co-investment basis.
TUESDAY, 17 JULY, 2018