Metro Trains Melbourne is working with several project Alliance teams, removing level crossings across Melbourne. One Project, requested VLC to develop an evidence-base from which it could lead discussions with key stakeholders and better understand Keon Park train station car parking and station usage. Keon Park train station is located on the Mernda line, about 15 kilometres north of Melbourne’s city centre.

 

Client requirements

VLC was engaged by Metro Trains to undertake evidence based car park and station access using mobile phone app data (LBS) for Keon Park train station. Metro Trains needed to better understand car park usage in 2019 (before COVID-19 restrictions impacted travel) especially relating car park and train station access, the length of stay, whether car parks are being used for commuter parking, or other purposes such as being used to access the local activity centre.

 

Delivered outcome

VLC undertook data analysis to examine current and future transport issues in the corridor and the potential for schemes to improve outcomes. Observed data – including mobile phone application data – was used to identify car park and train station users. The project analysed pre-COVID-19 conditions, including:

  • Start points of car park users – The proportion of car park or station users coming from surrounding SA2 areas
  • Car park busiest times – Occupancy profiles of the car park by hour of day and day of week allowing the busiest days and hours to be identified.
  • Activities – The proportion of car park users who use the train vs those that parked and visited other places (e.g. activity centres) or both.