SOUTH Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis this week confirmed plans to construct a new park-and-ride facility in Mt Barker, which will provide an additional 400 car spaces in addition to the existing 100-space facility adjacent the Mt Barker Steamranger station.
Mr Koutsantonis said the government plans to seek development approval so that work can begin mid-year on the park-and-ride facility and a bus turn around to support the expected growth of Mt Barker.
"These combined facilities are expected to meet the demands of public transport users requiring daytime parking while catching buses to and from the city," the Minister said.
According to the government, the proposed facility on vacant land at Dumas Street near the Mt Barker TAFE includes:
- High-quality passenger waiting area with weather protection;
- Unisex toilet facility near the passenger waiting area;
- Real-time passenger information systems advising time and destination of buses;
- Coverage by CCTV including a zoom camera to focus on the emergency phone in the event it is triggered; and
- A bike cage which can be accessed through a pre-registered Metrocard.
Transport Services Minister Chloë Fox said the new park-and-ride facility highlights the government's commitment to an integrated public transport system that provides a wide range of options to commuters, including park-and-ride and cycle-and-ride.
"Providing a substantial increase in capacity for cars and bicycles should ease the current competition for parking at Mt Barker, while also incorporating increased security and better all-weather shelter for commuters," Ms Fox said.