Park ‘n ride on Re­flec­tion Drive

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

Ferry com­muters fill­ing up parks in res­i­den­tial streets in West Auck­land are caus­ing headaches for those who live nearby.

Res­i­dents on Re­flec­tion Drive in West Har­bour said the street is packed with cars most week­days, es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer, as ferry com­muters park in the street for the day. Clear­wa­ter Cove, the street lead­ing down to the ma­rina, is also usu­ally full with com­muters’ cars.

On Re­flec­tion Drive res­i­dents said the is­sue had got worse over the last year and meant cars could only en­ter and exit the street one at a time.

Res­i­dent John Dha­naraj said on oc­ca­sion courier driv­ers and even a rub­bish truck had been un­able to en­ter the street due to parked cars.

In­dra Dha­naraj said it was also ‘‘tight’’ on oc­ca­sion get­ting out of their drive­way.

Res­i­dent Mike Gil­mour said since yellow lines had been painted at at the street en­trance and fur­ther down, things had got a ‘‘bit bet­ter’’, as res­i­dents used to have to re­verse to let an­other car pass.

‘‘You used to have to back half­way down the street to let some­one through.’’

How­ever, res­i­dent Jude Lim said the get­ting in and out of the street due to parked cars was still an is­sue most week­days.

Be­ing un­able to see the on­com­ing traf­fic on Clear­wa­ter Cove when turn­ing out of the street was also a prob­lem, In­dra said.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) spokesman James Ire­land said ear­lier this year bro­ken yellow lines were added to the street to im­prove visibility at the in­ter­sec­tion and dis­cour­age in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing along the road.

Park­ing on Re­flec­tion Drive is sub­ject to the same rules as any non-paid on-street park­ing, he said. As long as the driv­ers park ac­cord­ing to the rules, they are en­ti­tled to park there.

Ire­land said AT has been work­ing with the ferry op­er­a­tor on how park­ing can be im­proved in the area but cur­rently there are no plans to im­ple­ment ad­di­tional park­ing. At the Park and Ride near the ferry ter­mi­nal there are 38 car parks. Morn­ing peak traf­fic on the West Har­bour ferry av­er­ages 270 pas­sen­gers across the first five ser­vices. Ire­land said if there are any cars parked il­le­gally, in­clud­ing be­ing parked within a me­tre of a drive­way, or res­i­dents were con­cerned about safety, they could con­tact AT.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Yellow lines were put in at the be­gin­ning of the street this year.

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