All hands on carpark deck

Only way is up at sta­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

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.

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