Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (13:45): (1549) My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Honourable Ben Carroll. My question relates to the portfolio responsibilities of public transport. The Andrews Labor government is making the experience of commuters catching a train easier by building and upgrading more car parks at train stations. The Victorian government is delivering 11 000 new and upgraded car parks at train stations across the state. The west is getting many new and upgraded station parking spaces, including at Watergardens, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Aircraft, Tarneit, Deer Park and Caroline Springs stations. I am sure that commuters are eagerly waiting to use the new parking as our state opens and they head back to work. My question to the minister is: can the minister please provide me with an update on the Car Parks for Commuters project across the Western Metropolitan Region?
Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Roads and Road Safety (21 December 2021):
I thank the Member for Western Metropolitan Region for her question.
The Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Program is delivering 11,000 new and upgraded car parks across 43 sites.
These new and upgraded car parks will free up local streets, make it easier to catch the train, improve safety, and generate jobs across the state. The Program is also delivering improvements to accessibility, CCTV and lighting, as well as more bicycle parking facilities at key locations, making it easier than ever to catch the train.
In Western Metropolitan Region, construction is currently underway to deliver 10 new and upgraded car parks at Aircraft and 95 new car parks at Watergardens with a second stage to deliver further car spaces currently in development.
Works will commence in 2022 to deliver 500 new and upgraded car parks at Tarneit, 400 new and upgraded car parks at Caroline Springs and 300 new and upgraded car parks at Wyndham Vale.