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