Bracks Listens, Denies, Does It Anyway?Brackswatch received the following submission from a member of the public:
Some weeks ago when the Opposition suggested rail cars parks would become fee paying there where immediate denials from the Bracks government.
Seems however that exactly such a development may now be in the works for after the November election.
You will find this in the Connex contract via www.contracts.vic.gov.au
Franchise Agreement - Train - Public Release.doc
Section 10.6 Car parking page 93
a) Upon completion of the works in accordance with the Car Park Security Design Brief, the Franchisee may charge a maximum of $2.00 per day escalated by the CPI Multiplier each calendar year for use of a car park at the Stations where security works have been completed in accordance with the Car Park Security Design Brief.
(b) The Franchisee may submit a proposal to the Director to charge passengers intending to use the Passenger Services a reasonable charge (which shall be no more than the maximum charge set by the Director) for car parking spaces in addition to those required to be upgraded under paragraphs (c) to (g) where:
(i) the Franchisee can establish to the reasonable satisfaction of the Director that those car parking spaces are in excess of the number of car parking spaces at that Station at the Franchise Commencement Date and in addition to those required to be upgraded under paragraph (c) to (g); or
(ii) the car parking spaces comprise up to 50% of the car parking at a Station at the Franchise Commencement Date (provided that that Station is not the subject of an upgrade under paragraphs (c) to (g)) and those car parking spaces are:
(A) situated within a fenced area that has a boom gate controlling the entry to and exit from those car parking spaces; and
(B) staffed at all times on Weekdays when trains are scheduled to stop at the relevant Station (including for a reasonable time before and after the first and last scheduled train);
or satisfy other security requirements agreed with the Director.