THE Town of Bassendean has recommended the WA Planning Commission not approve carpark plans for Ashfield train station.
Councillors unanimously agreed on June 25 to request the Public Transport Authority (PTA) liaise with the Town to prepare a modified plan that included planting no less than one tree per four parking bays and disability access.
The Town has recommended conditions including a landscaping plan, landscape being completed before the carpark is open, a ramp being built to access the footpath and wheel stops for bays next to the pedestrian footpath on Railway Parade. There are 88 car bays proposed on the northern side of the station next to Railway Parade.
The proposal was formed to replace the loss of about 180 car bays as part of the redevelopment of Bayswater train station, where two existing carparks on Whatley Crescent will be removed, while the northeast carpark is being retained.
Mayor Renee McLennan said the Town was supportive of initiatives in support of public transport.
“In addition to the new carpark, boarding at Ashfield Station will be a more attractive option for commuters with the express stopping patterns being removed from peak-hour service as of July 21,” she said.
“A high priority for the Town is ensuring that the new carpark is designed to accommodate the planting of large shade trees in alignment with the Town’s canopy targets.
“Town of Bassendean is also advocating for the PTA to place higher priority on upgrading the Ashfield station, particularly to address the pedestrian overpass that is non-compliant (for) disability access.”