Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: RTV-417
In April 2022, we proposed changes to parking on Bracken Avenue. The objective of the proposal was to alleviate long term parking issues that were highlighted in the requests received by AT. The intention was to create a balance between different parking needs. After reviewing all the feedback, we are not proceeding with the proposed works.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We heard from Bracken Avenue residents and other respondents that the proposed changes should not be made, so we will not be proceeding with the proposal implementation. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
Request for resident parking permits
Resident parking permits are issues under a Residential Parking Zone (RPZ). Residential Parking Zones are primarily designed for city fringe areas such as Ponsonby and St Mary's Bay, where there are several heritage properties that either do not have off-street parking or have limited provision to create one on the property. Since almost all properties on Bracken Avenue have off-street parking, we have no plans at this stage to consider this area as a RPZ.
Request for time restrictions on both sides of Bracken Avenue Monday-Friday or Monday-Sunday
The proposal to apply time restrictions on one side of the street was consistent with the approach that AT uses in similar areas across the Auckland region. The objective was to improve parking availability on this street with high parking demand and to create balance between short-term and long-term parking needs. Hence, the restrictions were proposed only on one side.
Suggestion that Bracken Ave is fully parked by 7:00-7:30am
While we understand that Bracken Avenue may experience high parking demand at early hours of the day, time restrictions starting at 8am would still apply to a vehicle parking within the time restricted area. If the proposal had gone ahead, somebody looking to park for the whole day would avoid parking in the time restricted area and so would alleviate long term parking issues on the street.
Request for white lines indicating the legal parking position as people park over driveways
We mark advisory white limit lines (hockey sticks) outside driveways on a case-by-case basis where the blocking of a vehicle entrance is a regular issue evidenced through the issuance of infringement notices by AT Parking Officers. We would like to advise you to request enforcement when a vehicle is parking across the driveway, blocking your access, by contacting our call centre at 09 355 3553.
Concern that parking pressure results in more people parking on berms
Parking on berms is not supported by AT as this parking behaviour can cause issues such as blocking visibility. We review this parking behaviour based on scale and its safety risk to the community and installs signs to prohibit parking.
We're proposing improvements in your area
In response to requests from a resident, we are proposing parking changes on Bracken Avenue in Epsom to address the high parking demand.
We are proposing to:
- Implement a P120 (two hour) time restriction along the northern side of Bracken Avenue that will apply 8am to 6pm, Monday-Friday.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to improve the parking management approach in your neighbourhood. We have received requests over the last couple of years to consider introducing parking time restrictions on Bracken Avenue. The requests stated that the demand for parking is high on this street because people catching the bus at the nearby bus stops and people going to Epsom Girls Grammar School and Epsom Library frequently park on Bracken Avenue. We investigated and found that peak parking occupancy was around 91% during our site observations so we have proposed these changes to make finding a park easier.
Implementing a P120 restriction on the northern side of the street would help improve parking availability for anyone looking to park for short-term, including visitors to nearby businesses, trade people, residents, and their visitors. This would create a balance between long-term and short-term parking needs as having a time restriction on one side and unrestricted parking on other side and will create parking for everyone and alleviate all day parking issues reported to AT.
What happens next
- We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
Epsom: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).