Spaces in Station Street Car Park to be halved during works

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council is set to overhaul the Station Street Car Park starting on Friday, August 28.

The work will reduce the number of car parks by around 50% until it re-opens in early October.

Infrastructure Services committee chair councillor Carol Taylor saidthe Station Street Car Park would be fully closed on August 29 and 30 to facilitate the start of the works.

She said the works would increase safety, accessibility and ticketing options for those who use the car park.

"This change is just one more in a raft of changes designed to encourage longer-term parking for workers in our major car parking locations and freeing up the inner city for what it is designed for … retail shopping," Cr Taylor said.

"I know this will cause some inconvenience for those who use the car park currently, but there are a number of other car parks around the city which have available parking."

She said a council survey of parking this month had again highlighted the best options for those looking for an inner city location.

"The Herries Street-Water Street Car Park has between 100 and 150 car parks free most days and the walk to Grand Central Shopping Centre is only a few hundred more metres further to walk than Station Street," Cr Taylor said.

"Water St has around 30 on-street car parks available, Annand Street Car Park has around 15 spots and Julia Street Car Park has around 20 spots free each day, while Clifford Street Car Park also has a number of spots available.

"There are locations around the city that aren't being used to capacity … we are making changes to encourage more people into the CBD and help residents and workers avoid parking fines."

Cr Taylor said the works at Station St would include:

  • Repairing pavement and applying bitumen seal to existing gravel areas;
  • Line marking of parking spaces, provision for new parking for people with disabilities and improved lighting and signage;
  • Solar panelled ticket machines accepting incremental credit card payments to provide alternative payment methods;
  • Provision of an additional driveway access from Mylne St; and
  • Permanent fencing on the Station and Mylne St sides.

"Council will endeavour to minimise disruption while works are underway, and I do thank shoppers and workers for their patience during this period of development in the CBD," she said.

When the upgrade is completed the cost of eight-hour car parking at Station Street Car Park will be $5, in line with other off street car parking prices across the city.

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