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Southern Courier: Light rail to claim 750 parking spaces

about 3 years ago

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

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

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.


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kelrobu almost 3 years ago
The proposed car park and the ripping up of the nature strips of the surrounding streets in the close proximity of the light rail terminus to accommodate parking for people from outside of area is nothing short of a farce by Randwick council to appease the shop keepers,The only people who will use this car park of a day will be commuters from out of area and South Juniors patrons at night, and if Randwick Council believe people will park up there and the walk over to the shops they will be very much mistaken (it will be lucky if its not full up by 9am considering how many parking places are to be lost).As for the ripping up of the nature strips in the surrounding streets some up to 500 meters away to accommodate for extra parking will only benefit light rail commuters and students from UNSW. and is nothing short of environmental vandalism.There are no benefits to the residents in this short sighted and expensive waste of rate payers funds in converting the surrounding Kingsford area in to a massive car park. $68 million Randwick Council say it will cost, and well all know about cost blowouts, (but what the hell just put the rates up)