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Pedestrian plaza proceeds with promise

Pedestrian plaza proceeds with promise

A pedestrian plaza proposed for Edendale Road in Kingsland has been given the go ahead by Auckland City’s Transport and Urban Linkages Committee.

At its meeting yesterday the committee assured the community of its commitment to providing and managing parking, and agreed to consult during the development of a parking plan for Kingsland.

“Kingsland is an area enjoyed by many Aucklanders, whether it be visiting the cafes, shops or nearby Eden Park,” says the committee’s chairperson Councillor Richard Simpson.

“In its current format, Edendale Road is not safe for either pedestrians or vehicles. The driving factor behind the pedestrian plaza is safety.

“However we are also aware that parking is already a key issue for this area. Consulting on the parking plan will enable the council to better address community concerns,” says Mr Simpson.

Developments include greater open space in the current Edendale Road area with lighting, seating, new paving and plantings; a signalised crossing on New North Road, and relocating the bus stop to the front of Edendale Road to provide a longer drop-off bay.

The development retains the existing public toilet building and vehicle access to private properties from Edendale Road.

“Together with the station upgrade, the developments aim to improve the connection between the station and the shopping centre, as well as enhance the look and feel of the area and encourage more people to visit.

“We are encouraged by the planned increase in rail services in Kingsland and believe local businesses will benefit from the increased foot traffic. This has proven to be the case in Glen Innes with the revitalisation and rail work completed there.

“This plaza will create a desirable and safe space for people and provide convenient access to bus and rail services,” says Mr Simpson.

A parking plan, similar to that endorsed for Mt Albert in yesterday’s committee meeting, will be developed for Kingsland to ensure residents and visitors have equal opportunities to park.

Parking plans provide short, medium and long-term measures to manage existing and future demands on parking in busy town centres.

“The council has recently studied the Kingsland parking situation and found a 30 per cent rate of non-compliance with parking restrictions, which not only penalises people who park legally but also affects businesses,” says Mr Simpson.

“A parking plan will outline how the council will manage parking to ensure greater turnover and availability of car parks in Kingsland.”

In total, there are 12 car parks proposed to be removed to develop the pedestrian plaza and its associated improvements.

The committee considered a petition from 20 business owners before agreeing to progress the pedestrian plaza.

Developing Edendale Road to give priority to pedestrians and open space was first considered in 2001.

The Kingsland rail station upgrade, managed by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and Auckland Regional Transport Network Limited (ARTNL), has provided the opportunity to co-ordinate the development of the pedestrian plaza.

Ends For further information, please contact: Councillor Richard Simpson, chairperson, Transport and Urban Linkages Committee ph 021 628 539

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