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New pay and display machines ready to go

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE

29 March 2006

New pay and display machines ready to go

Pay and display parking will begin operating in parts of Grafton, Newmarket and Parnell on Monday, 3 April.

Motorists are reminded to check the signs when they park, so they are familiar with the new parking restrictions.

The council has been installing new machines in streets around the Auckland Domain since the end of January. The move to pay and display aims to increase car park turnover and compliance with parking restrictions in this high-demand area, so more people can access parking.

"We had hoped to have the new pay and display machines operating in February," says Chris Geerlings, Auckland City's parking services manager.

"There is a complex fibre optic cable network in this area, which has meant some delays with installing the machines."

The new technology pay and display machines offer payment for parking by text message, credit card or coin. Vodafone and Telecom customers can both use the service, and Visa, Mastercard and AMEX credit cards are all accepted.

"Aucklanders have really taken to txt and credit card payment for parking. It's part of a package of transport solutions for Auckland.

"Paying for parking is a reality in any big city, but we want to make it as easy as possible for people to pay, to take the hassle out it as much as we can," says Mr Geerlings.

Pay and display parking is accompanied by new parking time-restrictions, which aim to improve access to the area and provide a better balance of parking for residents, businesses and recreational visitors.

Ends

Notes to editor:
Pay and display parking will be operating in the following streets.

- Grafton Road: both sides between Burton Road and Kari Street

- Park Avenue: parts of both sides

- Park Road: both sides between Domain Drive and Carlton Gore Road

- Park Road: north kerb between Seafield View Road and Park Avenue

- George Street: both sides

- Morgan Street: both sides

- Titoki Street: both sides

- Kingdon Street: both sides

- Carlton Gore Road: north kerb between Grafton Road and Park Avenue

- Carlton Gore Road: north kerb between Park Road and Davis Crescent

- Carlton Gore Road: south kerb between Grafton Road and Arotau Place

- Carlton Gore Road: south kerb from (approximately) number 77 and Davis Crescent.

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