Park­ing plan

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

The City of Bayswa­ter will de­velop a car park­ing man­age­ment regime to pre­pare for the im­pact on bays from the Bayswa­ter train sta­tion up­grade.

THE City of Bayswa­ter will de­velop a car park­ing man­age­ment plan for the Bayswa­ter town cen­tre to en­sure that there are enough bays dur­ing and af­ter the train sta­tion re­de­vel­op­ment.

The sta­tion will be­come a ma­jor trans­port hub with the For­rest­field-Air­port Link and the Mor­ley-El­len­brook line.

Early in­ves­ti­ga­tions have iden­ti­fied up­grades in­clud­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of plat­forms closer to What­ley Cres­cent on to the rail bridge, longer plat­forms, build­ing a new and higher bridge and more rail in­fra­struc­ture be­tween Bayswa­ter and Meltham sta­tions.

Con­struc­tion is planned to start in 2019.

The coun­cil voted 6-2 in favour of Cr Lorna Clarke’s mo­tion to de­velop a man­age­ment regime in con­sul­ta­tion with busi­nesses, landown­ers, res­i­dents, the State Gov­ern­ment and Metronet at the Au­gust 28 coun­cil meet­ing.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cor­nish and Cr Cather­ine Ehrhardt voted against it.

Of­fi­cers said the City’s 2018-19 bud­get did not in­clude funds to de­velop a park­ing regime and it could cost about $37,000 to en­gage con­sul­tants to con­duct park­ing sur­veys.

How­ever, there was some ca­pac­ity to do the regime in-house but would likely re­sult in the repri­ori­ti­sa­tion of projects.

Cr Clarke said the coun­cil needed to start plan­ning for the “dis­rup­tion” of park­ing.

“I am a firm be­liever that we shouldn’t just wait for the prob­lem to hit us and we should proac­tively man­age it as we know it is go­ing to be a prob­lem,” she said.

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