New Park’n’Ride spaces a positive step for commuters

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news TransLink would deliver more much-needed car parking around public transport hubs in south east Queensland next year.

The Brisbane Times reported more than 2,300 new Park’n’Ride spaces would be built in 2019, with Springfield Central Train Station set to receive the biggest investment of $44.5 million.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said while this was a good start, there were many other stations which desperately needed additional parking capacity or other connectivity options, such as Altandi and Redland Bay.

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“TransLink should be looking at other ways to improve connectivity to stations where Park’n’Ride expansion is challenging,” Dr Michael said.

“Options could include installing e-bike share schemes in surrounding neighbourhoods, managing current parking more effectively by ensuring those parking there are actually public transport users, and locating Park’n’Rides near stops and stations with multiple connection options like shuttles, and walking or cycling paths.

“Making sure more people can easily connect to public transport will result in less congestion on our busy road network.”