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Auckland parking woes under review

SIMON DAY
Last updated 15:00 28/05/2014

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Parking in Auckland is dangerous, insufficient and causes congestion, an Auckland Transport (AT) discussion paper says.

AT is reviewing all aspects of parking in Auckland and wants public feedback on its draft parking discussion document.

It has identified parking problems that affect the entire region and come up with some potential solutions.

The problems include on-street parking that causes a safety hazard for other road users, demand for on-street parking regularly exceeds 85 per cent of available supply in residential areas at peak times, and parking on arterial roads in peak-period congestion causes long and unreliable travel times for all road users.

Submissions from individuals and organisations will open online on Saturday and close on June 30.

This is the first time parking is able to be reviewed across the whole of Auckland.

The review looks at the use of park and rides, residential parking zones, managing on and off-street parking in the central city, times on arterial roads and parking in town centres.

"As our city grows and develops rapidly, now is the time to take a look at how we most effectively manage the range of parking options for the city," AT strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark said.

"Parking affects everyone in the region in one way or another."

AT is keen to get the public's thoughts on a range of recommended approaches to improve Auckland's parking, but specifically those relating to the city centre, metropolitan and town centres, residential streets, parking buildings, on-street parking restrictions, phasing out on-street parking on arterial roads, parking permits, and park and rides.

From the submissions, AT will develop a parking strategy for Auckland.

"Parking is not only vital to the safe and efficient operation of that network, but also supports economic development and has a major impact on placemaking, public transport, walking and cycling," Clark said. 

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