Pay parking in the parliamentary triangle: CPSU update
10 November 2010, 2:18pm
At midnight on Friday 5 Nov, the National Capital Authority (NCA) released a new discussion paper on the introduction of paid parking in the parliamentary triangle, including Parkes, Barton and Forrest.
Options in the NCA discussion paper to address the growth in parking demand include:
increasing supply to meet demand, through construction of new structured car parking (whether by the private sector or government);
managing demand through measures such as parking pricing or a permit scheme, supported by alternative transport options (such as public transport or car pooling systems) to encourage people to change the way the get to work;
a combination of both.
While the CPSU is ‘pro’ public transport and is a strong supporter of the National Greenhouse Strategy (NGS), there are a number of specific problems with the plan to introduce paid parking in these areas including
lack of adequate public transport alternative to private car use
lack of retail amenities and services for people working in and around the triangle
isolation and lack of secure pedestrian lighting for public transport uses in and around the triangle
Over the past 20 years there have been a number of unsuccessful attempts by the NCA and the ACT Government to introduce paid parking. There have also been a range of inquiries into the issue. You can read the CPSU’s various submissions and correspondence over the years here.
What’s changed? Not enough
Previous attempts to introduce paid parking failed because the NCA and the ACT Government were not able to address the concerns of workers and employers in and around the triangle. It is clear today that the objections raised by thousands of workers and employers in the past have still not been addressed.
In particular, the ACT does not yet have an effective and convenient public transport system. For most people working in the area leaving their cars at home is not a realistic option. Despite lots of talk and minor improvements such as the introduction of the new REDEX service, bus trips to and from the triangle can still take up to 90 minutes, depending on where you live. On top of this the ACT Government recently increased bus fares again.
Let them know what you think
Feedback to the union over the years indicates that many people believe it would be totally unfair to introduce paid parking without addressing their long-standing concerns. The CPSU will be providing feedback to the NCA process and we encourage all members to do the same. The deadline for feedback is 17 December 2010. Follow this link to let the NCA know your views .
The way forward?
The CPSU is calling on the NCA and the ACT Government to put off the introduction of paid parking until the outstanding concerns of the thousands of workers and employers have been dealt with. This means making public transport a viable alternative to private car use by:
decreasing the cost of bus fares
reducing the duration of bus rides by introducing new and more direct services to town centre interchanges
increasing services in the triangle including child care, pharmacies, dry cleaners, post offices, banks etc
How can I support the CPSU campaign for better transport and services?