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470 extra car parks to meet growing demand from commuters

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Record numbers of people taking the train means four Park and Ride carparks are being extended across the region.

Last year’s record passenger number of 12.1 million has already been exceeded, with 12.5 million trips expected for the 2015/2016 year ending on 30 June.

“Passenger numbers have been steadily increasing for the past five years, with many people getting out of their cars at the local station and hopping on the train,” says Greater Wellington Regional Council Sustainable Transport Committee Chair Paul Swain.

“It’s become a preferred way to travel for many and eases congestion on the region’s roads. We’re doing all we can to meet people’s demand for the Park and Ride option.”

Extensions to Park and Ride facilities means there will be 471 extra commuter parking spaces spread across Upper Hutt, Trentham, Porirua and Waikanae railway stations.

Extra carparks by Park and Ride location:
· Upper Hutt – 94 new parks means 322 parks in total, construction to be completed in September (weather dependent)
· Trentham – 40 new parks means 134 parks in total, construction to be completed in August (weather dependent)
· Waikanae – 237 new parks means 407 parks in total, construction to be completed in December (weather dependent)
· Porirua – 100 new overflow parks means 802 parks in total available by July

Cr Swain says it can be complicated finding available land in built up areas, but the benefits to commuters, the local community and the wider region are worth the investment.

The extensions will mean there will be over 6000 Park and Ride spaces across the region.

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3 comments:

  1. Wellington Commuter, 15. June 2016, 23:29

    Another Regional Council bias against buses … train users get $millions of council investment in free car parking but for bus users …. nothing. We all pay rates Cr Swain … when will bus users get any investment in park and ride?

     
  2. Mike Mellor, 18. June 2016, 19:19

    It’s not train users in general that are getting this subsidy, it’s the minority who choose to drive to stations rather than walk/bike/catch the bus/be dropped off who benefit from this “free”parking (which we all pay for).

    I believe each space costs $10,000-$20,000, with ownership and operating costs on top of that – a lot of money to generate just one (or so) return trips a day. I wonder how much subsidy to car users this represents, and whether that money could be spent in a wsy that doesn”t encourage car use.

     
  3. luke, 19. June 2016, 17:48

    The land around stations should be converted from carparking to transit oriented development which generates higher ridership than park and ride.