THE development of an upgraded park-and-ride facility in Adelaide's north at Parafield Railway Station has moved a step closer after the South Australian Government last week confirmed it has reached an agreement with Parafield Airport Limited for a long-term lease of land to enable the upgrade to proceed.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said there is a need to provide more parking spaces for local commuters to encourage public transport use and address a shortage of commuter parking that has resulted in cars being parked on local streets in Mawson Lakes, Parafield and Salisbury.
Mr Mullighan said the government will call for tenders for the design and construction of the park-and-ride facility, which will have a capacity of at least 400 vehicles and include access roads, a bike cage, lighting and CCTV. Construction is due to begin this financial year, with completion expected in the second half of 2015.
Adelaide and Parafield Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the development of a park-and-ride facility will benefit commuters, local residents and other airport users.
"This will improve transport access for northern suburbs residents and is an important development for the Parafield Airport community," Mr Young said.
The facility at Parafield is part of a State Government initiative to increase the capacity of park-and-ride facilities for commuters. The station currently has a total of 50 car park spaces.
Construction also continues on the Seaman Road, Noarlunga park-and-ride, and the Smithfield park-and-ride, with works due to be finalised by the end of October.
There are currently 72 park-and-ride locations and the government is undertaking preliminary scoping works for additional facilities at seven other sites, including Golden Grove, West Lakes, Tambelin, Bellevue Heights, Crafers, Wayville and Morphettville/Glenelg.