October 4 starts New Parking strategy to be launched around newest train stations
From Tuesday, 4 October Moreton Bay Regional Council will launch a new on-street parking management trial in a bid to ensure safety around the region’s six newest train stations.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said a resident and visitor parking permit trial was being rolled out along the Redcliffe Peninsula line by Council as part of a new parking strategy developed in close consultation with local residents.
“Last year, Council and the State Government sought direct feedback from local residents, businesses and schools who are in close proximity to new train stations about their preferred options for managing parking in their local streets,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“The overwhelming preference (around 80%) was for a period of no parking to be introduced between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday in the streets closest to the new stations, except where parking permits are displayed.
“Based on this strong feedback, council will now introduce a resident and visitor parking permit trial in the streets closest to the Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Kallangur and Murrumba Downs train stations.
“With any new system there will be a period of settling in and we ask commuters and local residents to work with council to make this a success.
“The trial will allow council to review the success of the permit system to see how it is working for residents and commuters alike.”
Mayor Sutherland said eligible residents could apply now to Council for a resident or visitor parking permit as part of the Redcliffe Peninsula Rail line on-street parking management trial.
“Each eligible household in the trial area will be issued with two visitor parking permits, and is encouraged to submit an application form to Council for their required number of resident permits,” the Mayor said.
“This permit system is very similar to that which exists in Brisbane City Council to help manage parking around major venues and other inner city areas.”
“No Parking” signage is currently being installed in local streets but will be covered and not enforced until the commencement of the Redcliffe Peninsula line on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.
As an alternative to parking, customers can access each of the six new train stations via the 12.6 kilometre shared pathway, or get friends or family to drop them off via the dedicated kiss ‘n’ ride drop-off zones (available for 10 minutes at a time).
Residents will also be able to connect to the new rail line through the redesigned local bus network, which will provide new connections between buses and trains, while maintaining services to existing key destinations. A total of 17 bus routes will service the Redcliffe Peninsula line stations.
Mayor Sutherland said Council’s focus was on helping commuters, motorists, local residents and businesses understand the new parking arrangements around the region’s six new stations.
“Council officers will be providing information and advice to local residents and commuters in the first instance, and providing warnings to those motorists parking in the wrong spots,” the Mayor said.
“This is not about fining people. Our focus will be on providing information and warnings before any fines are issued.”
For more information about how to apply for permits or for trial area maps, please visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/parkingpermits