Station Car Parks for the West are only the first step
So you probably heard the news on the weekend: State and Federal Labor are promising to join forces to add extra car spaces at western suburbs train stations if the Andrews Government is re-elected at the end of this month.
Labor says they will build or upgrade 1600 car spaces at Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Watergardens, Aircraft and Tarneit stations.
We’ve heard from a lot of you on Facebook that parking at stations here in the West is a real struggle. They’re always overflowing; in fact Tarneit Station’s 1000 space car park is often full by 7.30am every weekday, forcing commuters to park illegally or on the street.
We agree with Anthony Albanese when he says public transport is about more than just a train line or bus route, and we’re glad to see our station car parks getting much needed upgrades.
But we also need better access to these public transport hubs – and right now we know our roads just aren’t cutting it.
Our population is booming, so there is no question that we have more cars on the road than ever before. This means that congestion is high, and just to drive and park at the local train station can take up to half an hour.
That’s why we need well-coordinated connections into train stations, including neighbourhood bus services and more separated walking and cycle paths. Not only would this help to tackle traffic congestion and parking problems that surround our stations, but it would give people the option to include more physical activity in their day.
With our population growth showing no sign of slowing down, it is obvious that unless we have other ways of accessing our railway stations, there will always be a chronic shortage of parking no matter how many car parks are built.
We need major investment in transport infrastructure in Melbourne’s West. That’s why we’re working together to make sure our MPs know they must take action and commit to providing the West with the bike paths and public transport options our growing communities need.
The election is less than a month away, so we’re making sure our MPs listen, take our ideas to parliament and start solving our transport issues in the West.
Add your voice to the thousands of others calling for action. Sign the Time for the West petition and make sure your family and friends do too. We’ll keep you updated on our campaign and ways that you can get involved.
Together our communities in Melbourne’s West can make sure we get a transport system that benefits all of us. Together we can tell our politicians that it’s time for the West.