BY STUART TEATHER
A 500-space car park at Glen Waverley railway station and a 24-hour police service were among the state election pledges for the key marginal Mt Waverley electorate last week.
At least one commuter at the station was satisfied with Mt Waverley Labor MP Maxine Morand and Transport Minister Martin Pakula’s announcement to build a five-storey car park at the station, which will boost parking capacity from 140 to 500.
Just as Mr Pakula finished announcing the car park on Wednesday, a commuter stopped him and asked if he had any plans to build a multi-level car park at the station. On this occasion, Mr Pakula won at least one fan.
Ms Morand said Labor would spend $24.5 million on the car park, which would be built on the western side of the station.
She emphasised the car park would be separate to the eight-storey car park being built behind Dan Murphy’s, which is strictly for shoppers on Kingsway.
The Public Transport Users Association’s Jeremy Lunn attacked the announcement, declaring it a waste of money that could be better spent on bus services.
“It’s $24.5 million to build an extra 360 spaces. That’s a cost of $70,000 per parking space, which is hugely expensive.
“It shows the government’s failure in getting more people to use buses to access train stations.
“At the price they’re looking at, it makes a lot more sense to upgrade the SmartBus service.”
Mt Waverley Liberal candidate Michael Gidley has announced plans to upgrade the Mt Waverley police station, moving from 12 to 24-hour operation with extra police officers.
A spokesman for Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu said while the final figures were up to the police commissioner, he expected the station would receive an extra 20-25 police.
The announcement came soon after his $5.5 million promise to upgrade Pinewood and Mt Waverley North primary schools.
Pinewood will get $4.5 million as a part of the plan, with the remaining $1 million going to Mt Waverley North.
Ms Morand said Labor was also committed to upgrading the Mt Waverley North school.
The Greens unveiled their public transport policy last week in which they committed to building the Rowville rail line, which they said would significantly reduce congestion at stations on the Glen Waverley line.