A really positive looking announcement by Auckland Transport today that they’re looking at completely overhauling the way on-street parking is managed in the city centre so that it turns over more regularly and isn’t used as much for long-stay parking. Here’s the full media release:
Auckland Transport plans to make changes to on-street parking in the central city. These changes are designed to support business, improve pedestrian amenity and attract more visitors to the CBD.
Currently most areas are managed through parking restrictions that apply to parts of individual streets. Auckland Transport plans to remove these restrictions and replace them with a single approach to parking within a new Central City Parking Zone.
The Central City Parking Zone will increase the availability of on-street parking, reduce traffic and parking congestion and remove signage clutter from city centre streets.
A single approach to pricing and managing car park availability will apply within the zone.
All time restrictions will be removed, but a new system for parking prices will mean that the longer you stay, the more you have to pay.
Paid parking will also be extended to 10pm (from 6pm) in busy entertainment areas to improve parking availability for customers.
New pricing will be introduced, with two price zones and hourly parking prices varying depending on demand. This means that the price for parking will be higher in the more central, busier areas and lower in areas where there is less demand for parking.
The Central City Parking Zone will support the use of on-street parking for short stays, and encourage people who want to park for longer to use parking buildings. To cater for people who need to make a quick stop, there will be a 10 minute grace period within the zone, and for longer stays the minimum amount payable will be $1.
By ensuring that some car parks are always available, we can reduce the need for drivers to search for car-parks, which in turn reduces congestion. A zone approach also significantly reduces the amount of signage required, which improves the streetscape, frees up footpath space and reduces maintenance costs.
Auckland Transport has run a number of parking zone trials in the Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter, Parnell and Graham and Hardinge Streets with very positive results. In the Viaduct the hours of pay and display were also extended until 10pm, which has improved the amount of parking available for visitor use.
There are some really good ideas in the proposal, including:
- An effective 10 minutes of free parking throughout the city centre – making it easier for quick drop-offs and nipping into a place to get something.
- A much simpler system that is easier to understand – and hopefully the removal of a huge amount of parking related signage from the central city.
- The escalating cost of parking means that relatively short-stay can stay reasonably affordable whereas longer-stay users will migrate into parking buildings as it becomes increasingly costly to park on the street.
- Extending the paying period to 10pm at night should make it easier to get a carpark if you’re visiting the city centre after 6pm. I get the feeling at the moment that many apartment dwellers park their cars on the street overnight, taking up places of people who want to visit a restaurant etc.
Parking is always a passionate issue and one that, for some strange reason, we really struggle to think reasonably about. While the high cost of 4 hours of on-street parking might get quite a few headlines, I hope that the scheme makes it through public consultation and becomes a reality.
Send Auckland Transport your feedback on the scheme here.
You can also listen to Auckland Transport’s Parking Operations Manager, Trevor Starr discussing it here
And here are the prices and map for each zone
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|Duration|| 8am – 6pm|| 6pm – 10pm
| 8am – 6pm||Saturday
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