The state government is seeking tenders to design and build a $32 million multi-storey car park at Mandurah Train Station, with construction to commence early next year.
The state government is seeking tenders to design and build a $32 million multi-storey car park at Mandurah train station, with construction to commence early next year.
The car park was an election commitment from the McGowan government in response to a predicted increase in consumers using the Mandurah line, and will be one of the first projects under the the state's Urban Congestion Fund.
It will also be one of the first car parks in Australia constructed under the Commuter Car Park Fund, with the federal government having committed 50 per cent funding toward the project.
Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said demand for car spaces at the station would surge in coming years with the number of daily boardings increasing from 4,431 in 2018 to an estimated 6,500 by 2031.
“This project will take cars off the road and get people onto the trains, busting congestion and getting people home sooner and safer,” Mr Tudge said.
"It will also remove a major bottleneck for the Mandurah area and bust congestion for people travelling to Perth.”
Echoing these statements was Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, who said she was pleased the project was going ahead.
“The Mandurah Line has been an incredible success since the day it was planned and built," she said.
“This success has led to increasing patronage from residents in Mandurah and commuters as far south as Bunbury who often struggle to find parking at peak hour.”
Federal member for Canning Andrew Hastie said about 70 per cent of passengers currently travelled to Mandurah train station by car.
“The new car park will be built within the footprint of the existing northern car park and will boost overall capacity from about 1,100 bays to about 1,700,” he said.
“Commuters will no longer have to park on adjacent streets surrounding the station, which has been a source of frustration for local residents.”
State member for Mandurah David Templeman said the project would help future-proof Mandurah train station as the public transport network became a more appealing way to travel.
The car park will be sectioned off once construction begins.
The Public Transport Authority currently looking at options to partially offset parking spaces temporarily lost during construction, using adjoining land reserves.