ROOM FOR BUSES

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On-street park­ing is un­der re­view along bus cor­ri­dors which form part of the fre­quent trans­port net­work.

The planned roll-out of dou­ble-decker buses on selected ar­te­rial roads will re­quire the phas­ing out of on-street park­ing be­tween met­ro­pol­i­tan and town cen­tres.

Auck­land Trans­port sug­gests re­plac­ing this street park­ing with al­ter­na­tive site spe­cific park­ing op­tions. Do­min­ion Rd busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Gary Holmes says it would not be jus­ti­fied in his area.

‘‘Pub­lic trans­port is fre­quent and well-used dur­ing peak hours, but dur­ing the rest of the day there’s not that many people trav­el­ling on buses along there.’’

Auck­land Trans­port is al­ready propos­ing to re­move some car parks from side roads as part of the Do­min­ion Rd up­grades.

‘‘Park­ing is the lifeblood for any re­tail shop. The fur­ther people have to walk, the less likely they are to stop.

‘‘You can un­der­stand it on some ar­te­rial roads where there’s no shops but not in a vil­lage like Do­min­ion Rd.’’

Mondo Travel Mt Eden man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Ham­monds agrees.

‘‘It’d just force people to go to St Lukes which would be a great shame for this re­tail strip.’’

The avail­abil­ity of park­ing is be­ing slowly eroded in the area, he says.

‘‘I’m dis­ap­pointed be­cause we’ve been work­ing on this is­sue for years. We re­alise pub­lic trans­port is here to stay and we agreed to re­move a few car parks so buses could run along the road but it seems like the left hand and right hand aren’t talk­ing.’’

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Sta­tus quo: Do­min­ion Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Gary Holmes and Mondo Travel man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Ham­monds don’t want to see park­ing spa­ces re­moved from Do­min­ion Rd.

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