Parking at Mascot Station

Published on 23 April 2014

Mascot Station is wonderful piece of infrastructure for our community. Unfortunately the initial planning by the Greiner and Fahey State Governments was comprehensively bungled. The station had no provisions for commuter parking, no public transport interchange to link with existing bus routes and a prohibitive Station Access Fee. I am pleased to say that the former Labor Government removed the iniquitous Station Access Fee. This has seen a significant increase in patronage at Mascot Train Station. Between 2010 and 2012 there was a 175% increase in patronage at the station. This increase followed the former State Labor Government’s decision to remove the Station Access Fee at the beginning of 2011.

Despite this significant increase Mascot Station does have the capacity for further increases in passenger usage.

I know that many local residents from more easterly and southerly parts of the City of Botany Bay would dearly like to get better access to the station and the broader rail network. I have strongly advocated for more bus services to connect our residents to Mascot Station. In 2013 we had notable success with the introduction of the 418 Bus Service, providing connections between Gardeners Road Eastlakes and Rosebery to the station. But more needs to be done. We must also minimise the impact of parking on residential streets by commuters seeking to use the station.

With locals keen to access the station and with a growing need for public transport access due to increasing levels of development, I believe Council must consider stepping into the breach to offer a commuter parking alternative in close proximity to the station.

I propose that Council Officers investigate options in terms of locations, costs and funding alternatives to provide for a Commuter Car Park at Mascot Station. Council Officers will provide ongoing reports back to the Development Committee of Council.

I move this minute be adopted.