The convenience of the Opal card is now coming to the train station carpark, with public transport customers set to “tap on” for up to 18 hours free parking.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced that a successful trial of Opal carparks will soon be extended to Ashfield, before expanding to several other stations across the network.
“We want to make it easier for customers to access public transport and this trial aims to ensure that carparks provided by the NSW Government for commuters are used by the people they are intended for,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Research shows up to 46 per cent of people in some areas who use commuter carparks did not intend to catch public transport and this trial has been designed to ensure that it is genuine customers who benefit from these facilities.”
Opal Park & Ride will provide customers with up to 18 hours free parking each day if they use public transport. Customers need to complete a journey by tapping on and off using their Opal card, then use their Opal card when they exit the carpark.
Customers who do not catch public transport within 18 hours from the time of entry will be charged at a daily rate in line with the commercial rates for the local area.
“The Opal Park & Ride trial started on the Northern Beaches in January at the B-Line commuter carpark in Dee Why. The system will now be installed at the remaining B-Line commuter carparks throughout the year,” Mr Constance said.
“Customers at Ashfield Station will be the first train customers to experience the system when it begins around the middle of the year. We are investigating which other train stations could be included in the trial.”
Ashfield commuter carpark was upgraded under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.
“The upgrade of this multi-storey carpark means an extra 96 car spaces, and 235 in total, for customers who want to park their car at the station before continuing their journey on public transport,” said Mr Constance said.
“It includes a new lift to assist our less mobile customers, as well as the latest CCTV technology and lighting to improve security.”
The NSW Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program since 2011, with over 400 projects completed across the state, including the delivery of more than 6,000 commuter car spaces.