By Alesha Capone
Commuter carparks at Tarneit and Wyndham Vale railway stations are “at breaking point”, according to Wyndham’s mayor.
In a letter to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne, Cr Josh Gilligan has called for an update on the state’s commitment in 2018 to built an additional 500 car parking spaces at Tarneit.
He said supporting commuters in a rapidly-growing community was “critical”.
The letter, dated March 2, states cars parking outside of designated parking bays at both Tarneit and Wyndham Vale stations was “causing congestion and putting commuters at risk”.
“Supporting the community to use rail services to commute for work and study, instead of a car on our congested freeways is critical, even more so when you consider the rate of growth that our city is experiencing,” the letter states.
Cr Gilligan asks Ms Horne for “an update on the progress of delivering these much-needed carparking spaces, as well as confirmation that consultation will occur with council on the planning and development work, prior to community consultation.”
A state government spokesperson said: “We’re getting on with the early planning and design work to deliver more carparks at Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Tarneit and Watergardens stations.
“Our Car Parks for Commuters Fund will deliver 1600 new and upgraded car parks across Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Watergardens and Tarneit train stations, freeing up parking in neighbouring streets and making it easier for more locals to catch the train.”