The Federal Government has selected the preferred proponent to construct a multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station in Western Australia.
Balcatta-based company PS Structures has been chosen to deliver the $32 million project.
The car park will be built on the footprint of the existing northern car park and increase overall parking capacity at the station by 700 bays, to a total of approximately 1,800 bays.
More than 70 per cent of Mandurah Station passengers currently travel to the station by car, with the existing car park reaching 90 per cent capacity by around 9am on weekdays.
The open-deck car park will provide three levels of parking, and will have lifts, a staircase and a visually appealing mixed-screen façade.
Once works begin, the northern station car park will close to allow construction on the new multi-storey facility.
Before closure, a section of land bordered by Morfitt Street and Galgoyl Road will be developed as a temporary Trans-Perth car park.
As the temporary car park will not offset all the bays closed during construction, a campaign will be rolled out ahead of works starting to encourage locals to find alternative means – such as bus, cycling or walking – to the station.
The project, which is expected to be complete by mid-2021, is jointly funded with the Federal and Western Australian Governments committing $16 million each.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said it would strip hundreds of cars off the road, busting congestion on the corridor to and from Perth.
“Together with a new station at Lakelands, this project will future-proof access to public transport for communities locally and across the Peel region,” Mr Tudge said.
“We also know the delivery of crucial infrastructure projects like the Mandurah is essential to supporting jobs and economic growth at this time.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti, said the southern suburbs had been booming since Mandurah Station was completed in 2007.
“Providing more parking at Mandurah Station was a key election commitment and we’re proud to be getting on with METRONET,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This project is yet another way we are continuing to invest in the southern suburbs, with the Lakelands Station project also set to begin this year, and planning for another at Karnup underway.”
Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, said the lack of sufficient car parking bays at Mandurah Station had been a persistent local problem.
“Anyone who has tried to get a park on a weekday at Mandurah Station will know how badly this upgrade is needed. Expanding the station car park will make daily life much easier for local commuters.
“The population of Mandurah and the Peel region have grown significantly over the last decade. The Government is delivering practical solutions that our community needs, both through this upgrade and construction of the new Lakelands station.
State Member for Mandurah, David Templeman, said passenger growth on the Mandurah Line was not slowing down and more commuters would take advantage of the public transport network into the future.
“I am proud that we are delivering on our election commitment to build a multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station as part of METRONET,” Mr Templeman said.
“While Mandurah and Peel businesses didn’t bid for the project, we are stoked to have a local WA company contracted to get the job done and we look forward to local workers getting involved.
“This is a great step forward in delivering this METRONET project and I am pleased that Mandurah commuters will benefit from it.”