Oct 30, 2018

Media Release – Labor will expand Commuter Parking at Northgate Train Station – Monday, 29 October 2018

Federal Labor will contribute $7 million to expand Park and Ride facilities at the Northgate train station to ease parking shortages and encourage more commuters to use public transport.

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 and will be delivered in partnership with the Queensland State Government.

Each weekday nearly 750 commuters seek to park at Northgate. But the station has only 377 parking bays over four car parks.

This means commuters rushing to catch their trains to work are forced to park in surrounding streets and walk to the station, creating more congestion and inconvenience to nearby residents.

A Federal Labor Government will move quickly to work with the Queensland Government on the upgrade.

Across Australia, traffic congestion is acting as a hand brake on productivity and is eroding our national 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, including Cross River Rail, at a time when strong population growth required increased investment.

Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Northgate expansion would make a real, practical difference for Northside 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 Lilley Anika Wells said population growth and traffic congestion were of critical concern to people in Lilley and right across the Brisbane Northside.

“Northsiders are fed up with the Morrison Government focusing entirely on itself, rather than opportunities to help our community,’’ Ms Wells said.

“I’m proud to be part of the team which is putting in the work to deliver practical solutions that will make daily life easier for Northside commuters and the local residents.

“Thanks to people like Wayne Swan, Labor has always been the party which in Government has delivered nation-building infrastructure here on the Northside. I hope to be able to deliver this project for Lilley as a member of a Shorten Labor Government.”

Labor’s plans for Northgate Station follow its announcement for Cross River Rail, South East Queensland’s number one infrastructure project, that will deliver a $2.4 billion congestion busting upgrade to the Queensland rail network.