Thirteen industry suppliers of parking ticket systems were invited to quote for the Market Square Car Park. It was part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Woolworths and the Council to redevelop a parking lot into a shopping complex with a Supermarket and a new Council Library building.
Providers of ticketed car parking systems declined on the basis that it was ‘too difficult’ or ‘impossible’ to install a ticket based car parking system at the Market Square site.
Why? The site parameters were very challenging.
- The entry lane to the car park is only 25 metres. This is 119 metres short of the required length of entry lane for a ticket system under the Australian / New Zealand Standards for Off-Street Car Parking.
- There is a pedestrian crossing at the entry lane. Frequently pedestrians step into the traffic flow from behind a wide structural pillar. Next to this are the trolley parking bays. A situation with clear pedestrian safety issues.
- The exit lane is just 8 metres long with no apparent location for car park equipment.
- There is a Primary School across the road and the Deed of Arrangement for the Market Square site requires free use of the carpark for parents dropping off and picking up their children from school.
- Within the PPP between Woolworths and Lane Cove Council was a requirement for a two hour period of free parking.