In 2019, the Australian Government announced a $650 million Commuter Car Park Fund as part of their $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund to support investment in commuter car park upgrades and encourage greater community use of public transport.
Allowing more people to park and ride, and taking tens of thousands of cars off our major roads per day, will help to reduce congestion and ensure commuters get home sooner and safer.
Three suburbs have been identified within Boroondara for potential Commuter Car Park Fund investment. These include:
- Hawthorn proposed multilevel car park - underground
- Camberwell - proposed multilevel car park - above ground
- Canterbury- proposed multilevel car park - underground
A budget of $750,000 has been initially allocated per suburb to conduct further feasibility assessments. This funding will support resourcing, community consultation, and the investigations works required to determine the viability of each project and possible location.
From April to June 2021, a number of activities for each suburb will take place, including:
- analysis and feasibility of current traffic and parking activity
- soil testing and geotechnical investigations
- land surveying
- assessment of existing trees on potential sites
- exploration of existing underground services
- cultural heritage assessments.
Interacting, working and engaging with the community will be a vital component in the development and successful delivery of these projects. Extensive community engagement and consultation will take place for each suburb in mid-to-late 2021, to ensure community feedback is considered and incorporated into the development of these proposed commuter car park projects.
Further timelines for possible construction will be provided if and when each project is deemed viable.
Commuter car parks can deliver a number of benefits to the surrounding community, including:
- increased access to car parking
- reduced traffic congestion on Boroondara roads leading into Melbourne’s CBD.
- improved economic and trading conditions for surrounding shopping, retail and hospitality businesses, with use of these facilities available outside of peak commuter periods for shoppers and visitors.
- reduced parking pressure and impact on surrounding residential streets near railway stations.
- reduced travel time for commuters.
- improved parking safety and surveillance.
- increased supply of disabled parking at the transport interchange.
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