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Second stage of city parking signage scheme

17 June 2005

Second stage of city parking signage scheme now operating

The second of four electronic signs, part of a Christchurch City Council scheme to make it easier for motorists to find a car park in the central city, has begun operating today.

The sign is at the Oxford Terrace end of Lichfield Street and details the availability of car park spaces in four City Council car park buildings around a one-way system bounded by Durham Street, Cambridge Terrace and Lichfield, Madras and Kilmore streets.

Don Munro, the Council Manager of Transport and City Streets, says the new signage will make it easier for motorists to find a car park.

"We 're the first city in New Zealand to be using technology successfully implemented overseas," he says. "The new signs serve as a parking search route to help motorists find parking within the central city. The technology will help maximise the use of existing facilities and tackle the problem of increasing traffic congestion in the central city."

The first sign went up last month on Durham Street outside the Salvation Army. Two further electronic signs, on Madras and Kilmore streets, will complete the electronic part of the upgrade. They will be supported by the addition of about 50 new static signs, also designed to help direct motorists to Christchurch City Council car park buildings.

The project is in response to calls from the public and central city retail and business owners to make parking easier in the central city. Richard Ballantyne from Ballantynes says the car park search is a great scheme and will make a big difference for shoppers looking for a park.

"The new signs tell you where a park is available and you can drive straight there. The first hour's free (at some Council-run car parks); it couldn't be easier," he says.

In 2001 the Council made the first hour of car parking free at its Farmers, Lichfield Street, The Crossing and Manchester Street car parking buildings.


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