Southern Courier: Light rail to claim 750 parking spaces
Light rail to claim 750 parking spaces
- SOUTHERN COURIER
- MAY 20, 2014 12:00AM
No-PARKING signs are set to dominate Anzac Pde, with the $1.6 billion light rail line to wipe-out 458 spaces along the busy Kingsford - Kensington strip.
The heaviest loss will be at Kingsford, with 230 parking spaces to be lost near The Juniors club alone to accommodate the CBD to South East Light Rail project. A lifeline for the business precinct could be a $30.5 million plan to buy land and construct a multistorey carpark on the corner of Rainbow St and Anzac Pd
N0 parking zones will hit Anzac Pde under the light rail plan. Source: Supplied
LIGHT RAIL PARKING RESCUE PLAN
With the $1.6 billion light rail to Randwick set to wipe out 750 parking spaces, the spotlight is now on how to integrate this massive infrastructure project into the community without causing major damage to the existing fabric.
Angle parking and off- peak parking plans are now under investigation but the most ambitious idea is for a $30.5 million multistorey, timed carpark near the nine-ways intersection at Kingsford, where 458 spaces will be lost.
The council owns part of the site on the corner of Rainbow St and Anzac Pde, where The Rotary Markets are now held every Sunday.
The Rotary Markets at Kingsford, Sydney. Picture: Craig Wilson Source: News Corp Australia
But it would need to buy the rest (66 per cent) from Transport for NSW to build the multistorey carpark.
“The current Rainbow St site is zoned for eight storeys,” a council spokesman said.
“While there are numerous combinations of uses, a very preliminary option could be for two levels below- ground car parking, a supermarket at ground level, then two levels of car parking, with the remainder to be commercial.”
While the final shape and cost structure would be determined by the full council, the spokesman said the current proposal did not rely on carpark users being charged a fee.
The council is now seeking community input on the proposal to acquire the site for a carpark.
More than 200 people have completed the council survey already, with 67 per cent giving the nod to the plan.
Also, 58 per cent gauged parking in the Kingsford area now as very difficult or somewhat difficult.
Parking in Kingsford is already difficult according to a council survey Source: News Corp Australia
HAVE YOUR SAY
Randwick Council is seeking your views about whether it should consider acquiring land on Rainbow St, Kingsford, near the Kingsford roundabout for a multistorey carpark. Get online and visit lightrailtorandwick.com.au to have your say.
This consultation has concluded. This website was operational from 2011 to 2014 as a means to consult the community and show the benefits of light rail in Randwick City. The NSW Government will start construction on the CBD and South East Light Rail project after April 2015. For updates on construction refer to the Sydney Light Rail website: http://www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au/latest/current-works
Randwick City Council continues to consult the local community about ways to reduce the impact of the construction of light rail in Randwick City. Future consultations will be conducted through our special consultation websitewww.yoursayrandwick.com.au.