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Donna Black has been issued with three parking fines near Goodna Railway Station because there is not enough room for daily commuters in the undersized car park.
Donna Black has been issued with three parking fines near Goodna Railway Station because there is not enough room for daily commuters in the undersized car park. Claudia Baxter

A LACK of parking at Goodna Railway Station has outraged commuter Donna Black after she was issued with three parking tickets within the space of three weeks.

Ms Black's concerns have been backed by local councillor Paul Tully who has challenged Translink and the incoming LNP government to do something about the lack of car parks.

There are 154 car park spaces at the station, of which 153 were in use when the QT visited this week. More than 950 people use Goodna station each day.

"There is a lack of parking available for commuters at Goodna Railway Station and many of us have had no alternative but to park adjacent to Evan Marginson Park," she said.

Until recently these parking spaces were a quarter of an hour parking from 6am to 9am and then free parking for the rest of the day.

Cr Tully said these signs were recently removed to improve the parking situation.

Before the signs were removed Ms Black copped three $50 parking fines from Ipswich City Council within the space of three weeks.

She said that was "unfair" because she had "only parked there because of a need to access Goodna Railway Station to utilise public transport into Brisbane".

Cr Tully has waived 35 fines for people unfairly fined after the signs had come down. It appears Ms Black's fines were issued before that, but he has encouraged her to write to the CEO of the council explaining the situation and asking for her tickets to be reviewed. He backed Ms Black's concerns about car park spaces and said they were "woefully inadequate" at Goodna.

"Commuters' cars are spilling out onto local streets and Translink have let the people of Goodna down," he said.

"They don't seem to have any plans to expand the car park. There are properties adjoining the car park that could be acquired for more commuter rail car parks.

"People drive to the train station because the bus system is absolutely hopeless. To have 154 car park spaces for the thousands of rail commuters in the eastern suburbs of Ipswich is hopeless."

Translink CEO Neil Scales said 650 additional car park spaces at Richlands train station and 230 additional spaces at Dinmore had taken pressure off Goodna Railway Station's car park.

"The feeder route 535 (Richlands train station to Springfield Orion) was introduced in February and already carries more than 200 people every morning peak, reducing the need for additional car parks at local stations," he said.

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