Auckland Transport

Albany paid parking zone

Consultation status: closed 28 May 2017

We sought public feedback on a proposal for flexible, demand-based on-street parking in the Albany town centre.

The consultation ran from 28 April to 28 May 2017, we received 1,258 submissions. 

Outcome

After considering feedback from the public and key stakeholders, we will implement the proposed paid parking zone following introduction of the New Network for the North Shore in September 2018. We will also investigate how we can maximise on-street parking to provide for those who aren’t able to travel to Albany by walking, cycling or public transport.

On-street parking in the proposed area will be converted to paid parking, this will cost:

  • $1.00 per hour between the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Free 6pm to 8am, Monday to Friday and weekends

We plan to implement the on-street pay by plate parking zone by the end of 2018. 

There will be no time restrictions on how long people can park and this plan will not include the park and ride facility, the Westfield or Megamall parking, North Harbour Stadium parking, Hooton Reserve, or other private and staff parking in the area.

We will continue to monitor parking demand in the area and adjust the pricing up or down accordingly.

Addressing wider issues in the area

We acknowledge the issues facing staff, residents and visitors in Albany and surrounding suburbs. Several projects are underway to alleviate these pressures.

Most significantly, we will be launching the New Network for the North Shore in September 2018. This will provide more public transport options and improve the existing ones. 

We are also investigating options for a local shuttle service to improve local connections within Albany.

To better accommodate those travelling by bus and relieve pressure on surrounding streets caused by park and ride overflow, the Hibiscus Coast bus station with a 500-bay park and ride facility is currently being built and will be complete by February 2018. We are also investigating a potential new busway station in Rosedale, which would relieve commuting pressure on other stations such as Albany, and provide better public transport access for areas like Browns Bay.

We are also seeking funding to increase the capacity of the Albany park and ride car park, which will also help to address parking demand.

We are also considering opportunities to maximise on-street parking by removing median strips and replacing parallel parking with angle parking.

Paid parking will not prevent people from all-day parking on the street. However, it will manage demand for these parking spaces and encourage other modes of transport and carpooling.

These changes will future proof parking management in Albany. We will use our Demand Responsive Pricing Policy to ensure that parking is managed effectively and is able to respond to any future growth.

Proposal

We proposed to establish a paid parking zone within the Albany town centre – bordered by the Albany Expressway, the Auckland-Waiwera Motorway and Oteha Valley Road (as indicated in blue on the map below). 

Albany Paid Parking Zone -- Map

The paid parking zone would:

  • Have a rate of $1 per hour.
  • Operate between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Include a 10-minute grace period for pick-up and drop-offs.
  • Not have a time limit. 

The paid parking zone would not apply to:

  • Albany Park and Ride parking.
  • Hooton Reserve parking.
  • Existing loading zones and mobility parking spaces.

Any time-restricted parking spaces in the zone will be converted to paid parking with no time limit. 

Correction: Some material has incorrectly advertised that the rates for the proposed paid parking zone would be $1 per hour for the first 2 hours, and $2 per hour for every hour thereafter. The proposed hourly rate is $1, with no time limit and no rising charge. We apologise for this error and any confusion it may have caused.

Why the changes are needed

Our parking surveys indicate that on-street parking in the Albany town centre is close to capacity. Due to this, some drivers park poorly and often illegally. 

Paid parking with no time limits manage parking demand in the area. This will encourage the efficient and productive use of on-street parking. 

Download the information brochure for the Albany town centre paid parking zone (PDF 377KB).

Read the Albany Town Centre on-street parking review (PDF 3MB - 22 pages).