A key milestone has been reached on the $22 million, jointly-funded park ‘n’ ride upgrade at the Ferny Grove train station in Brisbane.
Public transport customers now have access to a new multi-storey commuter car park with 905 parking spaces, completing Stage 1 of the project.
Access to and from the new site will be via Ferny Way while upgraded lighting and CCTV cameras will bolster car park security.
Stage 2 of the project now commences to allow construction of the new retail and residential apartments, as well as the start of the connecting internal roads, new bus stop, Kiss ‘n’ Ride and taxi ranks.
Once completed, the park ‘n’ ride will be one of the largest in Southeast Queensland – with over 1400 parking spaces.
Federal Assistant Minister for Education and Regional Development, Anthony Chisholm, said the Australian and Queensland governments were working together to invest in the infrastructure projects that would deliver what Ferny Grove residents need.
“This exciting project is jointly funded with a total investment of $22 million, comprising $12m from the Australian Government and $10m from the Queensland Government,” he said.
“Queensland’s population is growing at a rapid rate, and we’re committed to keeping up with that growth by investing in infrastructure projects like this across the state.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said park ‘n’ rides were a great way to encourage people onto public transport, which helps manage road congestion.
“The Ferny Grove upgrade will improve parking conditions to benefit motorists, bike riders and public transport customers,” he said.
“Investing in park ‘n’ ride expansion projects supports the population growth in Southeast Queensland.
“Once finished the new TOD at Ferny Grove will create a local “neighbourhood village” that will provide food and beverage operators, a full-line supermarket, cinema complex, childcare facility, and medical practitioners, as well as increasing local housing supply with the construction of 82 new residential units in a location that has excellent rail and bus connections, reducing reliance on motor vehicles.”
Member for Ferny Grove, Mark Furner, said his constituents had told him they wanted to use public transport more but didn’t have enough parking at the station to be able to use it effectively.
“Today we have provided a huge boost to parking at Ferny Grove Station so people can better access public transport,” he said.