The state government remains confident works on the planned overhaul of the Ballarat Railway Precinct will not impact on commuter parking.
A government spokesperson said the project, due for a 2017 start date, would “enhance” parking when complete, but said current parking would be “maintained” as works were carried out.
However, given the magnitude of the project, which will see a private developer purchase a large section of land including the goods shed for the construction of a four-star hotel and convention centre, it’s difficult to see how at least a section of parking won’t be impeded by construction works.
It’s understood there will be no additional means of parking available for commuters as the project is carried out, with the exception of spaces on surrounding streets.
Parking is an issue at both stations in the city as Ballarat’s population and rail commuter base continues to grow.
The Wendouree Station will receive an addition 200 parks through an expansion from the end of 2017, while the overhaul of the Ballarat Station will see a “formal car park” established, as opposed to the current parking area, much of which is without designated spaces.
“The project will deliver significant transport improvements such as a formal commuter car park, access roads and pedestrian linkages,” the spokesperson said.
“Free commuter car parking will be maintained during the course of the project and enhanced upon completion of the development.
“The completed project will deliver a free commuter car park with equivalent capacity as the current car park, with the potential for expansion to meet future needs. This will be supplemented by additional onsite commercial parking for the new hotel, conference centre, dining and retail stores.”
The project will allow for access points to the car park from both Nolan and Lydiard streets.
The Courier sought information on whether or not parking on the land for sale would also be free.
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