SOUTH Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan this week announced the official opening of improved park-and-ride facilities at Smithfield and Noarlunga stations, which together provide more than 330 additional car spaces for commuters.
Mr Mullighan said the park-and-ride at Seaman Road, Noarlunga, has been expanded from 100 to 245 spaces to meet growing demand for parking at the Noarlunga interchange, and features CCTV facilities, high-quality lighting and disability standard compliance for public transport.
At Smithfield Station, a second park-and-ride has been constructed at the end of Station Street, Munno Para, to provide parking for around 190 cars, including disabled spaces.
"The new facility will increase the parking available surrounding Smithfield Station from approximately 248 to 438 spaces," the Minister said.
"This government is committed to continually improving the State's public transport network, and these new facilities will help us in this goal," he said, adding that park-and-ride facilities are a great way to encourage more people to use public transport.
"Commuters love the convenience as well – instead of negotiating road traffic, passengers can read a book or catch up with the news on their mobile devices, and let our bus, train and tram drivers get them to where they need to be," Mr Mulligan said.
The new facilities at Noarlunga and Smithfield follow last month's announcement to build a new park-and-ride at Parafield Airport for at least 400 cars, which is due for completion in late 2015.
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.