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Work starts on expanding train station car parks

The Liberal-National Government is delivering on its $49.5million State Budget commitment to add another 3,000 parking spaces at train stations on the Mandurah and Joondalup lines, with work to increase the number of parking spaces at Greenwood and Whitfords stations starting this week.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said that common sense infrastructure projects such as additional parking at train stations had tremendous flow on effects.

“They give a greater number of people access to the public transport network, many of who might otherwise have driven all the way to work, adding to traffic congestion,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Minister said that construction would be undertaken at both stations at the same time.

“The new bays - approximately 170 at Greenwood and 200 at Whitfords - will be completed in the first half of next year,” he said.

“At both sites, the extra bays will be built in new areas, minimising the disruption to existing patrons.

“The designs include an underpass link to the existing car park, lighting and 24-hour CCTV.”

Plans for the Whitfords Stage 3 expansion, west of Mitchell Freeway, have been withdrawn following environmental assessments and community consultation.

Kingsley MLA Andrea Mitchell said she was pleased that the concerns of local residents had been heard as part of the community consultation process.

“The community consultation process was put in place to ensure that a balance was met between the needs of the local residents and the wider community surrounding the stations,” Ms Mitchell said.

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