Call for concessional parking conditions at Mandurah Train Station for medical travellers

Transport forum: Shadow Transport Minister Libby Mettam and Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup. Photo: Gareth McKnight.
Transport forum: Shadow Transport Minister Libby Mettam and Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup. Photo: Gareth McKnight.

There is a growing call for concessional parking at the Mandurah Train Station for people using public transport to access specialist medical appointments.

Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup and WA Shadow Transport Minister Libby Mettam held a transport forum in Mandurah on November 22, with about 70 residents in attendance.

Ms Mettam said one of the issues that was raised was the need for more leniency around parking at the Mandurah Train Station for people travelling to the city for medical reasons.

"I am aware that Zak been approached by residents who have requested concessional parking at Mandurah Train Station for patrons with specialist medical appointments to be able to use parking bays with leniency if they run over time due to treatment," she said.

"They argue that seniors in this region travel a significant distance on the train to attend medical appointments in Perth.

"This parking can become relatively costly, particularly if those appointments are regular.

"I am aware Zak has written to the Minister for Transport (Rita Saffioti) and also raised a grievance in Parliament - it is unfortunate the McGowan government is not considering this issue."

WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Mandurah MP David Templeman. Photo: Gareth McKnight.

WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Mandurah MP David Templeman. Photo: Gareth McKnight.

Ms Saffioti said she had previously stated that the concessional parking was something she would consider.

"The state government is starting construction of the new multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station early next year as promised," she said.

"We will be adding an extra 600 car bays to the network in the short term, as well as building another train station to provide better access to the Mandurah Line.

"Mandurah MLA David Templeman raised with me the prospect of having concessional bays for patients using the Mandurah Line to attend medical appointments.

"There will be some parking shortages during construction of the new car park, making provision of special bays before completion challenging.

"However, the state government will be able to consider these types of parking concessions closer to the completion of the facility."