Friday 22nd Nov, 2019

Coalition promises $68m for Melbourne park and rides

Melbourne traffic. Photo: Creative Commons / Michael Coghlan
Photo: Creative Commons / Michael Coghlan

The Morrison Government has promised to spend $68 million building six park and ride facilities in Melbourne as part of its $1 billion election commitment to cut congestion in urban centres.

A re-elected Coalition Federal Government would pay for new facilities at Croydon, Mitcham, Ringwood, Ferntree Gully, Hampton and Bentleigh, to allow commuters to park their car and get public transport, rather than clog Melbourne’s roads, Morrison said on February 7.

In all, the $68 million in spending would deliver over 1,500 more car spaces.

“I am focused on delivering for Melbourne where congestion is increasingly taking away the time that families get to spend around the dinner table at night,” Morrison said. “We want people spending less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families and working in their businesses – this is what matters.”

The spending would come from the Coalition’s proposed $1 billion urban congestion fund. The $68 million for park and ride facilities would be part of an overall $261 million share of the fund for Melbourne.

“I am really pleased to be delivering this critical infrastructure, making life easier for local commuters who struggle to get a car park in the morning,” federal member for Deakin Michael Sukkar said. “Improving parking at our local train stations will also reduce congestion on our roads and further encourage commuters on to public transport.”

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