Western Australia’s $32 million Mandurah Station multi-storey car park has officially opened today, providing commuters from across Perth’s Peel region with access to 782 new parking bays.
The new car park has brought the station’s total parking space to 1,886 parking bays, making it the third largest car park on the Western Australia rail network, behind Rockingham (1,950 spaces) and Aubin Grove (1,949 spaces).
Before this project began, demand for parking at Mandurah Station regularly exceeded supply. More than 90 per cent of the car park was often full by 9am on weekdays.
The car park has been designed with features including SmartParker machines, a provision for future electric-car charging stations, and a range of security and safety measures like lighting, CCTV and duress alarms at the two lifts.
The car park includes a ‘floating’ metal fabrication artwork from South-West artist Ian Mutch in collaboration with Bindjareb Noongar artist Corey Ugle, which incorporates native species such as leaves from tuart trees, oblong turtles, Mulloway estuary fish and black cockatoos.
WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said work was also continuing on the nearby METRONET Lakelands Station, with the installation of the precast concrete station platform walls and bulk earthworks under way at the car park. Lakelands Station is set to open in 2023.
“The Mandurah multi-storey car park, combined with our METRONET Lakelands Station, will make it easier for people living in the Peel region to catch the train,” she said.
“This is the second METRONET project we have completed this year – the first being the METRONET Bellevue Railcar Facility.”
The Western Australian Government is working to implement a two zone fare cap. When it comes into effect in January 2022, the fare cap will save public transport commuters from Mandurah, Dawesville and Lakelands thousands of dollars each year.
The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments are also collaborating to deliver a new $110 million Mandurah Estuary Bridge, which will ease congestion for the 32,000 vehicles that use the current bridge daily. Construction is expected to start in early 2023.
The Mandurah multi-storey car park was jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and supported 260 local jobs. Funding from the Commonwealth was provided through the Urban Congestion Fund.