City park­ing prices to change

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ma­jor changes to city cen­tre park­ing will come into force next month.

Auck­land Trans­port is to make the first changes to pric­ing since 2005.

It is part of an ef­fort to steer peo­ple away from on-street park­ing for long pe­ri­ods in the cen­tral city and to­wards park­ing build­ings, chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Ed­monds says.

Un­der the pro­posal there will be three park­ing zones in the cen­tral city.

On-street park­ing prices will re­main un­changed at $4 per hour for the first two hours in the core city area and af­ter two hours prices will in­crease rel­a­tive to the zone.

There will be no time limit on the zones and there will be a 10-minute grace pe­riod in all spots for mo­torists be­fore they need to pay.

Cur­rently park­ing in the city is free af­ter 6pm but un­der the changes this will be 10pm.

Auck­land Trans­port is plan­ning to re­duce the peak ca­sual hourly rate to $3 in the Civic, Down­town and Vic­to­ria St car parks, to make park­ing build­ings more at­trac­tive to use.

The cur­rent rate is $5.50 per hour for the first two hours and $4 or $5 per hour there­after.

A daily max­i­mum charge of $17 will be in­tro­duced re­plac­ing the cur­rent max­i­mum of $29.

‘‘Car park­ing build­ings are also a good op­tion, par­tic­u­larly at night, be­cause they are well-lit and have se­cu­rity mea­sures,” Mr Ed­monds says.

Heart of the City chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Swney says for many years park­ing has been seen as a ma­jor rea­son not to come into the city.

‘‘We see the changes as a sig­nif­i­cant change in ap­proach to park­ing in the city. It recog­nises the ‘mov­ing feast’ of park­ing de­mands of our busi­nesses and their cus­tomers. It’s a ma­jor step for­ward and we are sure we will be look­ing back in a year and see sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment.’’

More than 700 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived by Auck­land Trans­port on the changes af­ter con­sul­ta­tion in June. Prices will be re­viewed af­ter six months.

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