All hands on carpark deck
Only way is up at station
PLANS for a sprawling carpark at the future Forrestfield Train Station in High Wycombe have been scrapped, with the State Government announcing it will build a $32 million multi-deck carpark.
A recent contract variation with SI-NRW means the new multi-deck carpark will replace original plans for a ground-level carpark.
The multi-storey carpark for 1200 vehicles will be built on land bordered by Maida Vale Road and Ibis Place, unlocking about 8ha of land to be made available for the future Metronet precinct.
The plan is supported by the City of Kalamunda, which is developing its Forrestfield North District Structure Plan.
The State Government is liaising with the City on their vision for the area, including determining density levels and plans for mixed-use development.
The revised carpark plan will be accommodated within the project’s contingency budget.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the multi-deck carpark was a smart solution that would enable more development opportunities close to the train station, while also catering for some of the wider Hills catchment who may want to drive to the new station.
“Once the Forrestfield-Airport Link is built, there will also be a network of feeder bus services leading to the train station,” she said.
Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price said there was strong demand to integrate public transport that included transit-oriented development.
“In this case, we’ve been able to adapt the former government’s plan to make this important public space more liveable and connected for the people,” he said.
By 2021, the Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to generate 20,000 passenger trips every day – increasing to 29,000 daily by 2031.
An artist’s impression of the Forrestfield multi-deck carpark.