Proposal status: closed 13 February 2019
Reference number: BYL-371
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We are proposing to install No stopping at all times parking restrictions (broken yellow lines) on Farnol Street in Hillsborough, resulting in the removal of 9 on-street parking spaces.
Why the changes are needed
This is expected to improve accessibility and manoeuvrability along Farnol Street, particularly for larger vehicles including emergency services and rubbish collection vehicles. Considering the width of Farnol Street, it is not possible to park vehicles on both sides without obstructing the road.
Currently, vehicles parking in this fashion are blocking access and the proposed changes will also reinforce that parking on footpaths is prohibited.
This project will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
A number of respondents felt that removal of parking was not warranted along all of Farnol Street, or that the location of proposed No stopping at all times (broken yellow lines) road markings towards the junction with Belfast Street was incorrect.
For reasons of increased traffic speed, AT does not wish to change the location of the broken yellow lines and feels that it would be better to remove them from the proposal in the expectation that a staggered arrangement of parking where vehicles avoid parking immediately opposite each other would encourage lower traffic speeds. We will continue to monitor the use of the road and will re-investigate at a later date if necessary.
Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported the parking restrictions as they would aid larger vehicles’ access to the road.
- Respondents requested that lines are only placed on the end of the cul de sac and not the straight parts of the road.
Auckland Transport is concerned that Farnol Street is of insufficient width to accommodate parking on both sides and that ignoring this might generate complaints in the future.
- Respondent requests that broken yellow lines are on the opposite side of the street.
Auckland Transport feels that the vital section of this proposal is at the head of the cul de sac. Installing broken yellow lines on the same side of the entire street tends to encourage higher road speeds. Alternating the location of broken yellow lines forces vehicles to slow down which has road safety benefits. Changing the proposal to the opposite kerb would lead to higher road speeds which we cannot support.
- Respondents request parking to be installed in front of #7, as the residents run a business from home and subsequently have frequent visitors.
Auckland Transport does not support the individual marking out of parking spaces. Increasingly the size of vehicles varies such that AT feels more effective use of the space is made if they are not marked out. On-street parking operates on a first come first served basis.
- Respondents requested that lines be placed on Belfast Street also.
There are many roads of a similar width in Auckland which function effectively. The use of broken yellow lines road markings should be reserved for road safety issues and their excessive use where there is currently no problem devalues their importance. For this reason, AT has no plans to extend broken yellow lines road markings to a road where no requests for investigation have been received.
This work will happen within the next 6 months, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.