Plans to build a mutli-storey car park to ease a chronic shortfall of car spaces at Cockburn Central train station have been recommended for the scrap heap.
A report to the city’s mayor and councillors says the Public Transport Authority has refused to chip in for the car park, because it is busy building other things including a new train station down the line at Atwell.
Little more than a year ago, in May 2012, the city agreed to explore how a multi-storey car park might be erected at Cockburn Central. At that time, $25,000 was allocated to draw up plans.
Now, a report – commissioned by the city and state government property developer Landcorp – into a 200, 400, 600, or 800-vehicle car park, has been completed.
The report estimates that an 800-bay car park would cost $28.53 million to build, while a 200-bay one would cost $2.07 million.
The report acknowledges what every Cockburn commuter knows – that parking demand at Cockburn Central far exceeds supply.
Demand may be reduced, the report says, when Atwell Station is finished in 2016/17.
However, the report adds that demand may increase again when the Fiona Stanley Hospital is completed at Murdoch, upping parking demand there, and shunting frustrated park-and-riders further down the line.
The city estimates it would need to charge commuters more than $10 a day to break even on a high rise car park.
But the report says there would be strong resistance from park-and-riders to pay any more than between $2 and $5 a day to park at Cockburn Central.
Currently, the $2 park and ride station at Cockburn Central is full at 7.15am.
The report says that at $10 a day it would be cheaper to park and ride at Cockburn Central than to drive into the Perth CBD and park there.
However, at that price, the report considers commuters would “prefer to stay in the queues of traffic” and drive all the way into Perth.
Mr Downing has recommended that the council not build the car park now, but review the situation in two years’ time.
The city’s mayor and councillors will vote on his recommendation at a meeting on Thursday night.
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