Central Coast Council's committed $1.4 million to a new short-term car park on Racecourse road, West Gosford.
At its meeting last night, the local government resolved to allocate the funds to design and construct the new spot, which is aimed at addressing demand from train commuters and hospital visitors.
A report that went before the meeting's also suggested Council establish a "Park and Ride" bus service on the fringe of Gosford CBD.
While the local government also plans to seek state government funding to investigate the feasibility of another short-term car park at Faunce Street West, also in West Gosford.
“We need to look to the medium and longer term needs of the Gosford City Centre and find solutions for people commuting here every day," says Mayor Jane Smith, "including options for leaving the car at home and using public transport to and from Gosford City Centre.
The report noted parking in the CBD is already at capacity, and the struggle to find a spot could be exacerbated by the potential future loss of the privately-owned Kibbleplex car park.
It also recommended the spare capacity at the Baker Street and Leagues Club car parks be made available to drivers who need a spot short-term.
In other traffic news, the first stage of works to make Terrigal more traffic friendly is complete, with Council switching on the new pedestrian traffic lights on The Esplanade today.
The upgrades have also seen Campbell Crescent, Church Street and Kurrawyba Avenue become two-way streets.