Getting to work on Monday morning will be faster and easier for hundreds of people with the opening of the new Paradise Park ‘n’ Ride facility.
The opening fulfils a Marshall Government election commitment for the people of the north eastern suburbs to expand parking facilities along the O-Bahn and forms part of the record $12.9 billion investment in infrastructure.
The new Park ‘n’ Ride provides 815 spaces for commuters to park their cars before jumping on public transport – helping continue Adelaide’s track record of being the 20-minute city.
The Park ‘n’ Ride facility also includes nine Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) compliant car parks, six Kiss ‘n’ Go bays, 24 motorcycle and more than 30 bicycle parking spaces.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the new facility will help meet the growing demand for Park ‘n’ Ride facilities in the area and increase public transport usage.
“We’ve delivered our election commitment with this new facility, making a huge difference to commuters not only by saving time but also increasing safety,” Minister Wingard said.
“Until now, some drivers have been forced to park on the busy main road or in local suburban streets but now they’ll have the opportunity to park in a dedicated space.
“The project supported 78 full time equivalent jobs with those employed working around 77,000 hours to build the new facility.”
Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Member for Hartley Vincent Tarzia said it’s fantastic to be delivering this project for people in the north east.
“Residents have been calling for an improved facility like this one for years,” Minister Tarzia said.
“This project has increased the available spaces by more than 350 and will encourage more people to use the O-Bahn service.”
Minister for Education and Member for Morialta John Gardner also welcomed the new facility.
“I’ve been campaigning for this upgrade for more than a decade,” Minister Gardner said.
“It will make a big difference for commuters in my district, particularly those living in Athelstone and Highbury. I’m proud to be part of a government that is delivering for our community, and for our state.”
The project aimed to minimise impacts on trees and vegetation during construction with tree-planting and landscaping to maintain the green amenity and provide shade and fauna habitat.