Car parks needed at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern stations, says Piper
21st February 2019
Source: Newcastle Herald | By: Max McKinney | Posted: February 21, 2019
LAKE MACQUARIE state MP Greg Piper has released concept designs for a possible multi-level car park at Morisset train station.
The Independent MP believes similar facilities should be built at Cardiff and Fassifern stations too, but says Morisset "must be" considered by the government to cater for population growth.
"If the state government is serious about getting more people to use public transport, it needs to invest in better facilities for local commuters," he said on Wednesday.
"We have growing populations in this area, a growing number of commuters, but existing facilities are at or near capacity.
"I had concept designs for Morisset drawn up because I wanted to show the state government
and the community what could be done."
Mr Piper has identified land adjacent to the three train stations for use.
His ideas are backed by both the Northlakes Chamber of Commerce, and Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance.
Northlakes Chamber of Commerce president Max McCorkell said commuter parking at Cardiff was a major problem and would only get worse.
"This area is the hardest place in Lake Macquarie for parking and we desperately need to find a solution," he said.
"Cardiff station is a major transport hub and commuters fill suburban streets up to 500 metres away.
"The impact on the retail area and on those residential streets is enormous.
"There are two sites - one either side of the station - where a multi-level parking station could be built, but we just need the government to start investing some money."
Mr Piper said there was "significant problems" at Cardiff "where all-day commuters park out residential streets because there is no adequate parking near the station".
"A similar problem is starting to emerge at Fassifern," he said.
"We need to start with a clear plan, and after speaking to people and business owners in those areas, I know that this is where the government needs to be investing to meet current and future demand."
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