More than 500 extra car parks will be added to one of the Gold Coast’s busiest train stations, making it easier for the thousands of locals undertaking the daily commute to work.
The Coomera Station park ‘n’ ride currently boasts around 500 car spaces, but that will soon be doubled to more than 1000 when the $17 million expansion gets underway next month.
The bus interchange at the station will also be upgraded as part of the project, including new driver facilities, as well as upgraded lighting and CCTV cameras to bolster security at the station.
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Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade, which will be conducted in stages, will cater to the population growth across the northern Gold Coast.
“Coomera and the surrounding suburbs are growing rapidly so there is more demand for available parking, which is why we’ll be completing this upgrade in stages,” Minister Bailey said.
“This will allow commuters to continue to access car parks as we progressively build the new sections.
“Locals will notice an additional 70 spaces added by mid-2022, with a further 430 to come.”
Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert also welcomed the commencement of the project, which is jointly funded by both the Federal and State Government.
“New spaces will be built on vacant land east of Coomera station, which will minimise customer impact during construction,” Minister Robert said.
“Active transport will also get a boost, with a new bike shelter expanding secure storage capacity and the relocation of existing bike lockers closer to the station.
“The Coomera park ‘n’ ride expansion will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the project‘s life.”