A LAND agreement between Lake Macquarie City Council and Transport for NSW is set to fast-track the second stage of a $14 million upgrade to Cardiff railway station.
The council has voted to sell a parcel of land on Mary Street, Cardiff, to Transport for NSW for $1 on the condition that all costs associated with its development are covered by the state government.
The land is adjacent to the railway station and contains a multi-level car park, which is primarily used by commuters.
It needed to be sold to Transport for NSW because the first stage of the upgrade, which was completed last April, had started to encroach on the council-owned land.
The next stage of the upgrade will connect the lower level of the car park to the top level with a disabled access ramp, which has been closed for some time.
Transport for NSW also plans to alter on-street parking arrangements and relocate the existing bus shelter to cater for its kiss and ride program, which encourages people to use public transport.
While Lake Macquarie councillors voted unanimously on the sale of the land, they questioned whether paid parking would be a viable solution to address future traffic congestion.
The council has urged Transport for NSW to stay away from a paid-parking model in the future.