CONSTRUCTION of a new park-and-ride facility at Dumas Street, Mount Barker has begun, with the new interchange and expanded car parking expected to be ready in early 2014, South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis announced last week.
Mr Koutsantonis said the new facility will help to meet the growing demand from Mt Barker residents for better access to public transport and provide commuters more convenience and flexibility to connect with buses.
The new facility will provide space for about 400 cars, adding to the 180-spaces available at the nearby car park at the Mt Barker SteamRanger station. It also includes a weather protected waiting area, real-time passenger information and toilets.
"A MetroCard-enabled bike cage will provide storage for cyclists while CCTV and lighting will ensure additional security at the interchange. The facility will also be disability access compliant," the Minister said.
Work is expected to be carried out between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, if required, with nearby residents to be notified if it is necessary for any works to occur outside of these hours.
There will be no impact on bus services during construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of January 2014, weather permitting. Some temporary speed restrictions and lane closures will be in place as resurfacing works on Dumas Street is undertaken as part of the project.