More park­ing zones rolled out

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

Com­muters com­ing in from the sub­urbs will have less choices of where to score their free all day car parks.

More res­i­den­tial park­ing zones are being rolled out by Auck­land Transport af­ter prov­ing suc­cess­ful in cer­tain in­ner city spots.

‘‘We got a lot of com­plaints from res­i­dents say­ing that com­muter park­ing was mak­ing their life a night­mare,’’ Auck­land Transport park­ing man­ager Scott Eb­bett says.

De­spite an ini­tial push back from res­i­dents of St Mary’s Bay dur­ing a trail in 2012, it has now proved suc­cess­ful.

‘‘St Mary’s Bay didn’t like the idea that they had to pay for their per­mits, it’s $70 a year but they now love it,’’ Eb­bett says.

‘‘Since we’ve put it in, they’ve ac­knowl­edged it kicks out the com­muter cars, visi­tors can still park there and you’ve still got ac­cess to short term park­ing.’’

The Free­mans Bay park­ing zone is the next zone to be rolled out at the end of this month de­spite ini­tial de­lays due to sig­nage.

Free­mans Bay res­i­dent Ni­cola Jack­son has al­ready pur­chased a park­ing per­mit, how­ever was still strug­gling to find a park and hav­ing to walk 10 min­utes away.

Per­mits are valid for a year and res­i­dents must ap­ply an­nu­ally, they are dig­i­tal and linked to the car’s reg­is­tra­tion and num­ber plate.

Park­ing is then re­stricted to two hours be­tween 8am and 6pm dur­ing the week for all other users.

How­ever, house­holds will re­ceive 50 free coupons al­low­ing their visi­tors to park for longer than two hours.

Mt Eden was also con­sid­ered a prob­lem area with streets near the train sta­tion filling up dur­ing the day.

Eb­bett says com­muters would use the streets like a ’’park and ride’’ to get in to the city and avoid pay­ing for park­ing.

This all changed as the Mt Eden’s park­ing zone went live on Oc­to­ber 3 covering streets in­clud­ing Brent­wood Ave, Kelly St and most of Wyn­yard Rd.

Auck­land Transport is con­tin­u­ing to look at fur­ther zones, with con­sul­ta­tion for the Pon­sonby park­ing plan com­pleted.

The con­sul­ta­tion for the Grey Lynn area will be un­der­taken this month, ex­pected to go live in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Eb­bett says con­sul­ta­tion for ar­eas in Par­nell and Grafton will be next.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Auck­land Transport is rolling out more park­ing zones to com­bat the com­muters.

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