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Four more commuter car parks to be delivered along Melbourne’s Northern Lines
Sites for four additional commuter car parks along Melbourne’s northern rail lines have been agreed to as part of a joint commitment from the Commonwealth and Victorian Government to improve public transport access and ease road congestion.
This gives effect to a commitment made by the Morrison Government at the 2019 election that it would provide funding of $70 million, on a matching basis with the Victorian Government, to deliver commuter car parks at a number of train stations on Melbourne’s northern rail lines.
With all locations now having been determined, the outcome of this commitment will be that seven commuter car parks are delivered, at Craigieburn, Hurstbridge, Epping, Merlynston, Sunbury, Watergardens and Greensborough. Across these locations, the total number of parking spaces following completion of all of the projects will be more than 4,500.
The $140 million package of works is being funded by the Morrison Government and the Victorian Government on a 50:50 basis.
Construction on the Hurstbridge, Craigieburn and Epping commuter car parks has already been completed. Construction on Merlynston and Watergardens is expected to commence before the end of 2021 and construction on Greensborough and Sunbury is expected to commence in 2022.
“The Morrison Government is committed to delivering commuter car parks at multiple train stations across Melbourne, to get more people out of their cars and onto trains, improving congestion and safety on local roads.
“Under the Urban Congestion Fund, we are delivering 182 packages of work nationwide, with 73 of these projects now complete or underway, and a further 30 expected to start construction before the end of this year.
“Projects under the Urban Congestion Fund form part of the Morrison Government’s record $110 billion, ten year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia’s economic recovery.”