[Update to post, 23 June] The comments at the end of this post are worthwhile reading and we welcome you to participate. As I mentioned earlier this month the petition for the Park and Ride at Carindale, which obtained 274 signatures, was referred to the Minister for Transport, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP.
Ms Palaszczuk has said that Carindale is not considered a suitable site for a park ‘n’ ride.
Also of interest, an article in the Courier Mail today reports that Westfield Chermside is to introduce paid parking after three-hour limit for free parking.
On Twitter today, Cr Adrian Schrinner said: “if paid parking is introduced at Chermside, it’s only a matter of time before it comes to Carindale and other major shopping centres.”
“Translink are refusing to approve a much-needed park n ride near Westfield Carindale, despite hundreds of residents signing a petition.” he said.
Letter from Annastacia Palaszczuk MP (dated 1st June 2011).
I refer to a petition number 1625-11 lodged with the Legislative Assembly by Mr Tim Nicholls MP, Member for Clayfield on 23 February 2011, about park ‘n’ ride facilities in Carindale.
The TransLink Transit Authority recognises that there is a high demand for parking across the TransLink network. To address this issue, the state government is investing more than $150 million to deliver more park n’ ride facilities across the TransLink network through the TransLink Station Upgrade Program over the next five years. This investment will create more than 1300 extra car parks for our customers.
To help prioritise investment, TransLink has developed a Park ‘n’ Ride policy, which provides the strategic principles for the development of park ‘n’ ride facilities.
The policy recognises the importance of locating park ‘n’ ride facilities in low density residential areas where the facility will not attract passengers who might have otherwise walked, cycled or caught local feeder buses to their destination. The policy also aims to locate park ‘n’ ride facilities where they will not add to traffic congestion in the surrounding road network. As such, the policy does not generally support expanding or developing new park ‘n’ ride facilities in locations under 10 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District, less than one kilometre from major activity centres and more than 400 metres from high frequency public transport.
In light of this policy, given Carindale is located within a major activity centre, it is not considered a suitable site for park ‘n’ ride.
An alternative that customers may consider is the Sleeman Sports Complex Centre at Chandler, which offers 500 park ‘n’ ride car parks for commuters.
I trust this information is of assistance.
While the petition did not specify the exact location of the proposed Park n Ride, Cr Schrinner has said that a potential site for the Park n Ride is on the corner of Creek Road and Old Cleveland Road next to the Council building and the Bedivere Street bridge.
Steve Minnikin, LNP Candidate for Chatsworth was the chief petitioner and I have asked him what he thinks of the number of signatures (there will be an update when I hear back from him).
When there are factors involved such as a large retail complex (which is also going under huge development), a high-traffic area (both cars and buses), frustrated travellers, frustrated shoppers, plans for the Carindale Busway and the like, I think it’s useful to get as clear a picture as possible of the situation. I hope this particular post can continue as a place where people can ask their questions on the matter. Drawn out issues can be highly frustrating too though so I also hope that a solution to the congestion and parking problems can happen soon. As author of this post, I should also state that I did not sign the petition nor am I for or against a park and ride at Carindale.
Add your comments and questions at the bottom of this post.
Post from March 1, 2011
There is a petition to the Queensland Parliament for the Request for Park and Ride facilities for Carindale. The Carindale bus station is attached to Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre which is currently the site of much construction and development. The petition states:
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the lack of dedicated car parking facilities for commuters using the Carindale Bus Station and the urgent need for a Park and Ride facility.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to take action to provide adequate parking for commuters using the Carindale Bus Station by establishing a formal Park and Ride facility as soon as possible.
The principal petitioner is Steve Minnikin who is running as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Chatsworth in the next state election and is also centre manager of Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre.
Councillor for Chandler Ward, Adrian Schrinner is supporting the petition, which closes April 30.
“Carindale has one of the busiest suburban bus stations, yet there’s no dedicated parking for commuters,” Adrian says.
So, what are YOUR views and questions?