Auckland Transport

Middlemore Crescent, Papatoetoe - Parking Restriction

Consultation status: closed 17 May 2017

We are looking to install a P120 Parking Restriction on one side of Middlemore Crescent, to operate Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

Why the changes are needed

We are responding to public concerns with regard to restricted vehicle accessibility and congestion caused by vehicles parked on both sides of Middlemore Crescent. We have carried out site visits that have confirmed this issue.

Implementing P120 signage down one side of the road will make access through the road easier and safer, while allowing more spaces for residents and short-term parking cars and commuters.

Download the consultation drawing for Middlemore Crescent (PDF 425KB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Enquiry about the reasons behind the proposed 120 parking restriction. After analysing the vehicles parked on Middlemore Crescent, we’ve determined many of the parking users are commuters using the train or hospital staff and visitors. This creates traffic congestion along the road, as people know they can park on this road for the entire day. When proposing parking restrictions such as this one, we aim to address vehicle accessibility issues while considering the needs of the wider community. With the proposed P120, vehicles won’t be parked for the entire day in the same spaces. This will increase turnover which in turns increases availability and accessibility.
  • Suggested alternatives to the P120 as follows:

    1. No stopping at all times (NSAAT) parking restriction on one side of the road. No stopping at all times restrictions are generally installed on high volume intersections, busy commercial areas, or narrow roads. Middlemore Crescent is wider than 6.5 metres, so it is not considered to be a narrow road. P120 restrictions will offer a more flexible parking option for both hospital visitors and residents than ‘No stopping at all times’. P120 restrictions still provide some parking, but allow higher turnover.

    2. Residential parking permits. We would not consider residential parking permits in this street. Residential parking zones are used in city fringe residential areas, where on-site provision of parking is prevented or complex, due to heritage restrictions. Zones are implemented in these areas where average parking occupancy is over 85%, to deter commuter parking.

    3. A one-way system. A one-way system on Middlemore Crescent would:

    • Require infrastructure improvements at either end of the crescent which have a higher cost than the budget allocated for this project.
    • Increase traffic speeds along the road as drivers would not expect any opposing traffic.
    • Increase travel distances for residents.
    • Introduce issues with compliance due to low risk of conflict with opposing traffic, and high number of non-local/irregular users unfamiliar with the arrangement.
    • Not be adequate with the urban residential environment and wouldn’t provide any safety benefit.

    Given the above reasons, a one-way system is not feasible at this location.

    4. Parking meters. Auckland Transport uses paid parking restrictions to manage parking in areas of high parking demand where time restrictions are not effective. At this stage we have no plans to introduce paid parking in Middlemore Crescent. 

  • The proposal may lead to people parking in Middlemore Park. People may park in Middlemore Park, however, this will be monitored by Auckland Council Parks.
  • Ensure the P120 parking restriction is monitored. Our parking officers will be made aware of the new parking restrictions and will monitor the area accordingly.
  • Request for additional works including changes to the existing parking road markings on Middlemore Crescent. These requests are outside the scope of this proposal. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please provide feedback here.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by the end of the year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.