Proposal status: closed 22 October 2018
Reference number: RTV-182
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing seven P120 parking spaces on East Coast Road in Northcross.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve short-term parking options for visitors to the area. Currently, the unrestricted parking is used by commuters transferring to bus services, occupying these spaces for large amounts of time.
This proposal aims to increase the turnover rate for a selected amount of parks, creating more parking options for visitors to nearby residents, shops and facilities.
This project will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Taking into account the concerns raised by residents, we have increased the number of P120 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday restricted car parks, on the southern side of the intersection. We hope this will reduce the haphazard parking that has been mentioned by the respondents.
Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- A number of respondents made us aware of Air NZ personnel using the slip lanes south of the Northcross intersection as a pick-up and drop-off point for their staff shuttle. We’ve been told personnel park here continuously for multiple days in a row, which is causing concern with the residents. On-street parking is a valuable community asset that must be managed fairly and appropriately to ensure that the available parking is beneficial for the wider community.
Careful consideration is required when looking at amendments to the parking layout in any given location, to ensure that the varied needs of the wider community are met. We understand that Air NZ’s use of the site can be frustrating for residents, due to haphazard parking and limited space being available for visitors.
It is important to point out that these restrictions are only in effect on weekdays between 8am and 6pm. Effectively, this means a restriction from 10am to 4pm is at place for residents or visitors. There are still unrestricted spaces for longer term stays or all day parkers, albeit on a first come and first served basis.
We are unable to ban Air New Zealand staff specifically from parking here. However, we have made further changes to the proposal by expanding the restriction, to discourage the all-day parkers and long term stayers, and manage the high parking demand at this site.
If this issue persists you may wish to seek contact with your Local Board or with Air New Zealand directly.
- Can we introduce a 24 hr restriction to allow regular day commuters to make use of the PT, but encourage Air NZ to seek for another pickup location for their own private shuttle? Introducing a 24 hour restrictions will also impact others, mostly the residents themselves. Instead, we have made a decision to increase the number of time-restricted parking spaces to further discourage the all-day parkers and long term stayers, and manage the high parking demand at this site.
- Related requests for residents only parking On-street parking is a valuable community asset that must be managed fairly and appropriately to benefit the wider community. A restriction like this is hard to justify as it will serve the residents, but not the wider community, such as visitors or commuters.
Instead, we have made a decision to further increase the number of time-restricted parking spaces to discourage the all-day parkers and long term stayers, and manage the high parking demand.
- Request for more P120 parking at the Judo Centre. Due to the limited on-street parking spots at this location we cannot warrant further restrictions at this site. We have included the number of restricted parking further south of the intersection.
- Request to have no P120 parking at the Judo Centre. Their classes only run at limited times, but the restriction is there all the time. The time restricted parking has been installed to create turnover in parking and to discourage long term or all day parkers from using these carparks.
- We often enter the (western) slip lane on the southern side because there is a wider median here. Can the restriction be put near the entry/exit of the slip lanes? I hope this makes it easier to enter/exit. We have added more restricted car parks and distributed them at both ends of this slip lane.
- I don’t believe P120 is the correct restriction type and does not improve parking options for visitors; house guests often stay longer than 120 minutes and the shops already have their own dedicated parking. There are still unrestricted spaces for longer term stays or all day parker, albeit on a first come first served basis.
It is also important to note that these restrictions are only in effect on weekdays between 8am and 6pm. Effectively, this means a restriction from 10am to 4pm is at place for residents or visitors.
- Request for more P120 parks on both slip lanes. We have increased the number of time-restricted parking to manage the high demand at this location, to discourage the all-day parkers and long term stayers.
- Due to the specific use of these slip lanes the proposed changes will only worsen the situation. We are hoping the new restrictions will improve parking behaviour at this slip lane. If this is not the case, do not hesitate to contact us so we can evaluate these changes.
- The broken yellow lines have faded on many locations along this stretch of East Coast Road. Can these be marked out again? This has been passed on to the maintenance department within AT.
- There is a lot of speeding, especially around the gas station. A traffic camera there was recently removed. Could this be reinstated? This proposal aims to address parking issues in the area. For speeding issues, it is best to contact your local police department or local board.
- Can there be more/stricter parking enforcement here? We will pass this request on to our parking enforcement team. If you catch someone infringing, you can call them on 09 355 3553.
- Please build more park and ride facilities near major bus stops (like Albany interchange), or have better feeder bus services so people don’t need to park near bus stops anyway. As town centre develops and intensification occurs, land becomes more expensive, making providing additional parking is increasingly expensive also.
The benefits of increasing the existing public parking supply need to be weighed against the considerable consenting, capital and operational costs that new parking facilities would incur. At this stage we have no plans to commit funds to a new park and ride facility in this area of Northcross.
Increasing the parking capacity can also result in the need for major engineering works on roads leading into the town centre and traffic calming measures inside the town centres.
Auckland Transport is committed to an approach to parking management and supply which is sustainable in the long term. Therefore, our focus is on promoting the efficient use of the existing public parking resource in the first instance.
We are continuously improving our bus network, and piloting better feeder services, such as AT Local, a ridesharing app we are currently trailing in Devonport.
This work will happen within 3- 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.