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No public parking for new footy stadium
No public parking for new footy stadium

There will be no public parking immediately surrounding the Burswood major stadium, with the State Government setting an ambitious target that more than 80 per cent of fans will arrive by public transport.

There will be 250 car bay under the stands set aside mostly for game day operations staff, particpants and VIPs. There may also be additional parking adjacent to the stadium for VIP ticketholders, but the Government cannot yet say how many bays will be provided.

The stadium’s precinct masterplan, released today, contains fresh details of the ambitious public transport strategy that the Government hopes will allow 60,000 capacity crowds to disperse within an hour of an event’s conclusion.

The masterplan will see a mooted footbridge link the Burswood site to East Perth near Gloucester Park trotting track, not Claisebrook Cove as previously foreshadowed.

And an upgraded Belmont train station will be expected to carry up to 27,500 passengers to and from the stadium, with 8200 to arrive on suburban buses.

A bus laydown area will be constructed on the stadium’s southern boundary.

Planners hope 14,300 people will access the stadium over the new Gloucester Park footbridge, with a further 9000 to walk over the Graham Farmer Freeway’s Windan Bridge.

Those fans could either park in the existing city car parks or catch buses through the CBD to the eastern end of the city before walking over the bridges.

A second footbridge is proposed to link the southern end of Belmont Park station with the stadium plaza by spanning Victoria Park Drive.

The masterplan shows the retention of the Burswood Park golf course club house buildings but not new commercial development, dashing hopes that a new urban precinct would be built adjacent to the stadium.

An artist's impression of the new stadium

Instead, the stadium will be located in a “park land” setting, with urban entertainment options to be provided in nearby developments including the Burswood casino complex, yet-to-be-established Riverside precinct in East Perth and Claisebrook Cove.

The stadium will be flanked on the west by existing irrigation lakes and is set to be surrounded by an elevated plaza.

Chappell Lambert Everett urban designer Malcolm McKay, whose firm developed the masterplan, said the ambitious public transport target would see a “fundamental shift in the way people go to the football”.

Costings are still subject to further work by the stadium steering committee, the Public Transport Authority, and decisions of Cabinet, but Premier Colin Barnett said he remained confident the works depicted in the masterplan could be achieved within the $700 million stadium and $300 million transport infrastructure budgets. Both figures were set in 2011 dollars.

The West Australian

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