PUBLIC transport is on the agenda for Fremantle candidates in the upcoming federal election.
On Tuesday Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson and opposition spokesperson for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese announced a $2 million contribution to expand parking opportunities at North Fremantle train station if Labor were re-elected.
The funds will come from the $300 million National Park and Ride fund.
The project would see 177 additional parking bays on top the 92 bays currently in the area, which will be run by the City of Fremantle.
Fremantle MP Josh Wilson said the Park and Ride project was necessary because of the parking shortage in North Fremantle.
“While new train stations that are being developed in Perth include significant parking space for commuters, it’s important that we also invest in facilities at existing stations like North Fremantle,” he said.
Greens candidate Jesse Hutchinson said they have vision for a connected Perth that means people will not have to drive to their local train station.
“I want to see a Fremantle where people can walk, cycle or have reliable and regular buses to an interconnected train network,” he said.
“The last thing Perth needs is another carpark.”
Mr Albanese said the North Fremantle expansion would make a real, practical difference for commuters while also reducing congestion for local residents.
“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself, it’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work for local residents,’’ he said.