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Labor will expand commuter parking at Northgate train station



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, CITIES AND

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

THE HON WAYNE SWAN MP

MEMBER FOR LILLEY

ANIKA WELLS

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LILLEY

LABOR WILL EXPAND COMMUTER PARKING AT NORTHGATE TRAIN

STATION

Federal Labor will contribute $7 million to expand Park and Ride facilities at the

Northgate train station to ease parking shortages and encourage more

commuters to use public transport.

Federal Labor’s investment will be drawn from its $300 million National Park

and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs and will

be delivered in partnership with the Queensland State Government.

Each weekday nearly 750 commuters seek to park at Northgate. But the station

has only 377 parking bays over four car parks.

This means commuters rushing to catch their trains to work are forced to park in

surrounding streets and walk to the station, creating more congestion and

inconvenience to nearby residents.

A Federal Labor Government will move quickly to work with the Queensland

Government on the upgrade.

Across Australia, traffic congestion is acting as a hand brake on productivity

and is eroding our national quality of life.

The problem has worsened during the five years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, which has cut funding for public transport projects,

including Cross River Rail, at a time when strong population growth required

increased investment.

Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the

Northgate expansion would make a real, practical difference for Northside

commuters while also reducing congestion for local residents.

“We’ll not only invest in new public transport services, but also deliver practical

measures to help commuters get to work with a minimum of fuss, including

through our new Park and Ride Fund,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself. It’s also about

the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work for local residents.’’

Labor candidate for Lilley Anika Wells said population growth and traffic

congestion were of critical concern to people in Lilley and right across the

Brisbane Northside.

“Northsiders are fed up with the Morrison Government focusing entirely on

itself, rather than opportunities to help our community,’’ Ms Wells said.

“I’m proud to be part of the team which is putting in the work to deliver practical

solutions that will make daily life easier for Northside commuters and the local

residents.

“Thanks to people like Wayne Swan, Labor has always been the party which in

Government has delivered nation-building infrastructure here on the Northside. I

hope to be able to deliver this project for Lilley as a member of a Shorten Labor

Government.''

Labor’s plans for Northgate Station follow its announcement for Cross River

Rail, South East Queensland’s number one infrastructure project, that will

deliver a $2.4 billion congestion busting upgrade to the Queensland rail

network.

MONDAY, 29 OCTOBER, 2018

MEDIA INQUIRIES

PHOEBE DRAKE (ALBANESE): 0402 141 943

MITCHELL KINGSTON (WELLS): 0434 262 517