Proposal status: closed 27 June 2018
Reference number: RTV-163
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to include Poynton Terrace within the City Centre Paid Parking Zone.
This area previously had a P30 zone removed and no stopping at all times restrictions implemented during a construction project. As construction has been completed, we propose to reinstate these parking spaces, and make them paid parking.
Why the changes are needed
The proposed changes will alleviate parking issues along Karangahape Road by improving efficiency and circulation of parked vehicles.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. A summary of the community feedback we received and answers to questions and concerns is below.
- Request for it to be paid parking for an hour to allow time to access shops on Karangahape Road. The City Centre Paid Parking Zone has no time limit, instead we use Demand Responsive Pricing to manage demand. Prices are more effective than time limits at prioritising type of parking use.
- Requests that the payments only be required between 8am and 6pm. The City Centre Paid Parking Zone operates Monday to Saturday between 8am to 6pm.
- It is believed that Karangahape Road’s parking issues will not be fixed by adding 6 more spaces to Poynton Terrace. It is therefore requested to install no public parking signs at the entrance to Poynton Terrace. This proposal seeks to alleviate the impact on the potential removal of some parking spaces on Karangahape Road. On street parking is a valuable public asset and its removal is considered carefully. There are no safety or access issues related to installation of these six parking spaces.
- The previous P30 zone would be a better solution. We have moved away from time restrictions in the Central City as we have found that the turnover of parking spaces greatly reduced. We have found that influencing parking demand through price is far more effective.
- The road is too narrow and already too congested. We recognise that Poynton Terrace is a narrow road and parking is not permitted along most of the street. As part of this project we will formalise some of the No Stopping At All Times controls to ensure effective monitoring of these areas.
- It is dangerous to access Pitt Street from Poynton Terrace, as it is difficult to see in both directions due to congestion. We have installed No Stopping At All Times restrictions either side of the entrance to Poynton Terrace, and a keep clear zone on Pitt Street to resolve this issue.
- Congestion has been further exacerbated by the new apartment building and the narrow road has made it significantly more difficult to exit Poynton Terrace onto Pitt Street. The additional traffic resulting from the apartment development would have been assessed as part of its resource consent.
- Poynton Terrace is unsafe for pedestrians due to the lack of footpaths and blind corners, which will be blocked further by the proposed changes. There was a previous proposal to transform Poynton Terrace into a shared vehicle and pedestrian lane, which would be a better solution. We agree there is a need for a footpath on Poynton Terrace, however, such a project would need investigation, funding and design before being able to progress. As this does not relate directly to this proposal, this request has been forwarded to the relevant department within Auckland Transport, which is responsible for the prioritisation of footpaths. We have also passed these comments to the Auckland Council Design Office who have experience in using innovative methods to improve pedestrian safety, as correctly noted this will become an important link to and from the new station. They have been involved in our recent work on Alfred Street where we have been trying to improve pedestrian safety in a low-key way, and on the service lane adjacent to Clonbern Road, Remuera.
- Poynton Terrace is unsafe for pedestrians, particularly crossing the road to access Myers Park. Work is in progress to install a raised crossing at this point.
- Cars often park along the existing broken yellow lines. Parking along broken yellow lines is prohibited. We recommend reporting these infringements to our parking enforcement call centre, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 09 355 3553
- Request the broken yellow lines outside the church are removed, and two spaces are installed for the Oasis Apartments only for visitors or 10-minute restrictions. We are unable to reserve parking for the use of individuals or businesses. In addition, there have been specific requests to address parking in this area, which can obstruct access to the car park opposite.
- Request to remove the broken yellow line restrictions entirely to allow for overflow from the new apartment building, which can be monitored by a self-monitoring system by building residents. The broken yellow lines exists in narrow sections of the street and its removal will result in congestion and access issues. Auckland Transport is the only roading controller authorised to manage parking within the public road reserve.
- It has been suggested to make Poynton Terrace a slow zone for vehicles. We will look at alternative methods of encouraging a low speed environment, which improves pedestrian safety.
- Request to install bicycle parking facilities on Poynton terrace as this will better facilitate the pedestrian and cyclist path from Myers Park to the upcoming train station. We understand that this will be provided as part of the K Road Cycle Project.
- Request to fix the road surfacing on Poynton Terrace, as there are a significant amount of potholes. We will pass this on to the relevant department responsible for the maintenance of the road surface.
This work will happen in between July 2018 and June 2019, 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.