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Opening the parking discussion in Auckland

Opening the parking discussion in Auckland

Auckland Transport (AT) is reviewing all aspects of parking in Auckland and wants public feedback on its Draft Parking Discussion Document. Parking problems which affect the entire region have been identified by AT with some possible ways to fix them. Submissions open online on Saturday 31 May and close on Tuesday 30 June, giving organisations and individuals a month to provide their views.

Auckland Transport’s General Manager Strategy and Planning, Peter Clark, says this is the first time parking is able to be reviewed right 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, clearest times on arterial roads and parking in town centres.

“We are aiming to set a clear and consistent direction for Auckland’s parking in future, which will be good for all road users, adjacent businesses and residents and we want to make sure we are making the right decisions for Auckland’s future.

Mr Clark says, “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. Parking affects everyone in the region in one way or another. From the submissions we receive, we will develop a Parking Strategy for Auckland.

“As Auckland grows, it is an increasing challenge to balance the competing demands on the road network. 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.

Auckland Transport 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
· Off-street parking facilities (parking buildings)
· On-street parking restrictions
· Arterial roads (phasing out on-street parking)
· Parking permits
· Park and rides

For more information and to have your say on improving Auckland’s parking, please visit www.at.govt.nz There you’ll find more details about possible solutions and an online feedback form to fill in by 30 June 2014. If you don’t have access to a computer, call Auckland Transport’s Contact Centre to be mailed a Draft Parking Discussion Document pack.

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