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Mt Eden bus lane extensions and parking changes Mt Eden bus lane extensions and parking changes

We are making some changes to improve bus services on Mt Eden Road, make it easier for passengers to change buses, and make Mt Eden Village more convenient to visit


Project status:  Consultation 
Project zone: Central


Project overview

We are increasing the operating hours for bus lanes and clearways in Mt Eden. We are also lengthening the bus stops to fit 2 buses and make it easier for buses to safely pull into and out of the stops.

At the same time as we are making these changes, we propose to extend the bus lanes and modify parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village.

Benefits

  • Improving parking availability through a higher turnover of parking spaces.
  • Simplifying the restrictions in the Mt Eden Village town centre.
  • Helping reduce congestion and speed up travel times by separating buses from other vehicles.
  • Providing more room at bus stops to hold waiting passengers, so passengers don't block pedestrians access on the footpath.
  • Helping make travelling by bus faster and more reliable.
  • Offering greater flexibility in the length of stay for people with paid parking without time limits.
  • Improving the streetscape by reducing the number of parking signs. 
  • Discouraging commuter parking.

Timeline


Project details

We are making some changes in Mt Eden Road to the bus lanes, clearways and bus stops.

At the same time that we do this work, we propose to change parking management in Mt Eden Village to increase the supply of short term parking.

There are 4 parts to this project:

  1. Increase bus lane and clearway operating hours along Mt Eden Road.
  2. Change bus stop layouts in Mt Eden Village.
  3. Extend bus lanes along Mt Eden Road, between Plunket Road (south of Balmoral Road) and Kingsview Road.
  4. Change parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village.

J003186 Mt Eden Village map


Increase bus lane and clearway operating hours along Mt Eden Road

We are standardising bus lane operating hours across Auckland. Currently, lanes operate at different times and don't always align with peak travel times. As the Auckland population grows more people are using the roads, leading to longer periods of peak traffic conditions.

Bus lanes and clearways reduce congestion and speed up travel times by separating buses from other vehicles. Bicycles and motorbikes can use the bus lanes too, which helps separate them from the stream of traffic.

Northbound bus lane and clearway hours
Current hours New hours
7am - 9am (week days) 7am - 10am (week days)
No parking will be permitted on the road on Mondays to Fridays, from 7am - 10am, where bus lane and clearway restrictions apply.

Southbound bus lane and clearway hours
Current hours New hours
4.30pm - 5.30pm (week days) through the village
4pm - 6pm (week days) outside the village
4pm - 7pm (week days)
No parking will be permitted on the road on Mondays to Fridays, from 4pm - 7pm, where bus lane and clearway restrictions apply.

Change bus stop layouts in Mt Eden Village

We will be extending the length of bus stops throughout Mt Eden Village on both sides of the road to cater for two buses at a time. We will also include nine-metre lengths of broken yellow lines to allow room for buses to safely pull into and out of bus stops. 

Proposed bus stop layout

Mt Eden bus stop layout

Here is what we will do:

  • Undertake minor modifications to the kerb line on the eastern side of Mt Eden Road (south of Stokes Road), so that the double decker buses can use the extended bus stops without hitting the shop awnings.
  • Relocate the loading zone currently at 415 Mt Eden Road to 405 Mt Eden Road to make room for the extended bus stop. 

When we extend the lengths of the bus stops we will need to remove six parking spaces. Three parking spaces on the western side between Essex Road and Valley Road (405, 407 and 409 Mt Eden Road) and three on the eastern side between Stokes Road and Poronui Street (450, 452 and 454 Mt Eden Road). However, there will be more short term parking options available with the proposed changes to parking restrictions. 

Extend bus lanes along Mt Eden Road

We propose to extend the bus lanes along Mt Eden Road, between Plunket Road (south of Balmoral Road) and Kingsview Road. The bus lanes would operate on weekdays from 7am - 10am.

Extending the bus lanes will make travelling by bus faster and more reliable.

Existing bus lanes

J003186 Mt Eden existing bus lanes

Proposed bus lanes

J003186 Mt Eden proposed bus lanes

Here is what we propose:

  • Extend the existing northbound bus lane from where it currently stops at Plunket Road, through to where it starts again just north of Kingsview Road.
  • Convert the second northbound general traffic lane, at the Balmoral Road traffic lights, to a bus lane.
  • Remove the right turn into Pencarrow Avenue from Mt Eden Road. The length of the new bus lane doesn’t leave enough room for a right turn bay. Removing this right turn will also prevent the northbound traffic lane being blocked by vehicles waiting to turn right and will help reduce the volume of traffic using Pencarrow Avenue as a short cut.

Change parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village

We propose to make parking changes in Mt Eden Village to free up more short term parking for visitors, and to provide simple and consistent parking restrictions in the village.

Over the last two years, we carried out a comprehensive parking study in and around Mt Eden Village in consultation with Mt Eden Village Inc (local business association). The study showed that overall parking availability isn’t the major issue in the area. However, it highlighted that several streets within the village experience high demand for parking. Approximately 90% of parking spaces in these streets are occupied during peak times. The study also found that on average vehicles are parked for one hour in the village. This suggests that the existing 30 minutes time limit often doesn’t meet visitors’ parking needs.

Mt Eden Parking Restrictions proposed map

Here is what we propose:

  • Introduce a P60 parking zone along Mt Eden Road, from Woodside Road to north of Rautangi Road and on sections of Valley Road, Oaklands Road, Essex Road, Stokes Road, Newnham Lane, Ngauruhoe Street, Poronui Street, Grange Road and Disraeli Street. This zone will apply from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
    • During bus lane and clearway operating hours the P60 parking zone on Mt Eden Road will only apply from 10am-6pm northbound and from 8am-4pm southbound, Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the P60 parking zone will apply from 8am to 6pm.
    • The P60 parking zone on Stokes Road will operate outside the clearway operating hours (i.e. the zone will apply from 9am to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 6pm on both sides, Monday to Friday). On Saturday and Sunday, it will operate from 8am to 6pm.
  • Introduce paid parking restrictions with no time limits in the Essex Road Carpark from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. The tariff will be $1 per hour.
  • A ten-minute ‘grace period’ will apply in the car park to allow people to stop for up to ten minutes before payment must be made.
  • Introduce P15 parking restriction on the northern side of Poronui Street. This restriction will cover approximately three parking spaces and be operational from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Introduce P15 parking restriction on the northern side of Oaklands Road. This restriction will cover approximately two parking spaces and be operational from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Introduce P120 parking restrictions along stretches of Fairview Road, Poronui Street and Woodside Road. These restrictions will apply from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
  • Introduce a ‘Car Share at all times’ parking restriction on Oaklands Road and will be reserved for car share vehicles only. This refers to specific hourly hire vehicles, such as CityHop car share vehicles.
  • Introduce a P120 motorcycle At All Times parking restriction on Oaklands Road.
  • Remove the existing taxi parking restriction and replace with the car share and motorcycle parking restrictions as mentioned above.
  • All the existing loading zones, mobility parking restrictions and no stopping restrictions will be retained.

Have your say

Feedback has now closed on the bus lane extensions and parking changes in Mt Eden.

Come talk to us

Come and meet the project team, discuss the bus lane extensions and parking changes in Mt Eden, and provide feedback:

  • Saturday 17 February, anytime between 10am to 2pm - Mt Eden Village Centre - 449 Mt Eden Road.

After feedback closes 

We will consider all feedback and use it to help with project planning. We will update the public on the feedback received and publish it here.  If you provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when this is available.

Download the Mt Eden Village parking and bus lane brochure (PDF 3MB).


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