City of Bayswater to develop parking management plan for town centre

King William Street in Bayswater. Picture: David Baylis
King William Street in Bayswater. Picture: David Baylis

THE City of Bayswater will develop a car parking management plan for the Bayswater town centre to ensure 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 onto 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 for councillor 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 will prepare a report about the consultation outcomes and implementation plan for council’s consideration by April 2019.

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.

“I know it is not going to be fixed tomorrow but I do want to start to kick off a process that really does start to plan for the future here and people don’t rock up after Christmas and find they can’t get to work.”

Mayor Dan Bull said parking bays would diminish during the construction phase.

“The reality is that we have got a long way to go for enough people to decide to not use their cars – it is in our culture,” he said.

Cr Ehrhardt said she was supportive of the intent but was concerned over the unbudgeted $37,000 cost to engage consultants.