Short term parking options in the works

Bayswater train station carpark. Picture: David Baylis
Bayswater train station carpark. Picture: David Baylis

THE City of Bayswater is proposing short-term parking options to deal with the removal of 180 bays during the Bayswater train station upgrade works.

Parking options include constructing new parking areas where adequate space is available and suitable, encouraging alternative ways of transport, applying and changing time restrictions and consider requests for residential parking permits.

Other options include paid parking in selected areas, line marking, increasing parking enforcement, offering to manage privately-owned parking areas and way finding signage.

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The City will also advocate the State Government to provide more commuter parking and improve the existing bus network and bus frequencies in Bayswater, which was an amendment made by Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik at last month’s meeting.

All options are part of the City’s Bayswater Town Centre Parking Options Paper.

Before any decision is made, the community will be consulted through public information sessions held in the town centre, notification being published in local newspapers and information and surveys on the Engage Bayswater website.

There will be hard copies of the options paper and survey available at the civic centre and libraries.

According to an officer’s report, Metronet will remove approximately 180 out of 246 car bays and no extra commuter bays will be placed in the town centre.

“Commuter parking accounts for a significant proportion of parking demand in the Bayswater town centre,” the report stated.

“However the upgrading of the station will cause disruption for commuters, which may cause widespread parking issues in the town centre if not appropriately managed.

“The next step will be to engage with the community to seek the community’s preferred parking management actions from June to July 2019.”

Bayswater town centre. Picture: David Baylis

Following community engagement, a formal short-term parking management plan will be prepared and presented to the council for consideration before September.

Cr Petersen-Pik said it was an opportunity to deal with public transport issues and help residents who would be impacted by the changes that would come as part of the upgrade.

The Public Transport Authority announced earlier this year that there would be 180 car bays removed as part of the station upgrade and about 200 replacement bays placed between Meltham and Ashfield stations.

Construction for the station is expected to start later this year.

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