Free parking for Scarborough beachgoers from February 20

An artist's impression of the new Scarborough foreshore.
An artist's impression of the new Scarborough foreshore.

SCARBOROUGH beachgoers will get free parking from February 20 – but only for a couple of months.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has leased 200 bays in the Wilson carpark complex to compensate for a temporary shortfall as works begin on the $75 million foreshore redevelopment ‘transit hub’.

However, the MRA could not confirm how many car bays would be lost because of the upcoming development phase.

Overall, the area will lose 234 car bays due to the redevelopment and the City of Stirling was investigating purchasing land in the area specifically for public parking late last year. The bays will cost $126,000 to lease, a cost included in the project budget.

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MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said works to create the new ‘transit hub’ as part of the foreshore redevelopment would begin in the coming weeks.

“This will require changes to traffic flow, including bus, taxi, pedestrian and cyclist routes,” he said.

“These works will ultimately improve access to the foreshore for all road users.”

Mr Kinsella said the MRA was encouraging people to plan ahead when visiting the Scarborough foreshore. “Scarborough beach is highly accessible by public transport, currently serviced by a number of routes, including the high frequency 990 super bus delivering passengers from the city centre to the beachfront,” he said.

The Wilson parking complex is located on Manning Street and bays will be available for free until April 23.