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, to make it safer for passengers to change buses, and make Mt Eden Village more convenient to visit.
In 2018, we carried out consultation and collected feedback from local businesses and residents about our proposed changes. Thank you for providing this valuable information – we have listened to what you said and we have modified some of our plans based on your feedback. We are now ready to start construction.
Project status: Construction Project zone: Central
We are increasing the operating hours for bus lanes and clearways in Mt Eden. We are also lengthening the bus stops to fit two 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 will extend the bus lanes and modify parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village.
There are 4 parts to this project:
Increase bus lane and clearway operating hours along Mt Eden Road.
Change bus stop layouts in Mt Eden Village.
Extend bus lanes along Mt Eden Road, between Plunket Road (south of Balmoral Road) and Kingsview Road.
Change parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village.
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 pedestrian 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.
22 July 2019 – construction to begin.
Mid-August 2019 – construction to be completed.
Increase bus lane and clearway operating hours along Mt Eden Road
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. We will be extending the bus lane and clearway hours on Mt Eden Road.
Northbound bus lane and clearway 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
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.
We have reviewed the design of the bus stop layouts and it now means we will only remove four parking spaces (two on each side of the road) instead of six (three on each side of the road) as originally proposed.
Extend bus lanes along Mt Eden Road
Extending bus lanes along Mt Eden Road will make travelling by bus faster and more reliable.
The northbound bus lane along Mt Eden Road will be extended between Plunket Road and Kingsview Road.
The right-hand turn from Mt Eden Road to Pencarrow Avenue will remain. This turn will be monitored, and we may introduce a ban on turning right at this intersection if issues arise.
Change parking restrictions in Mt Eden Village
Simple and consistent parking restrictions will be introduced in the village, along with changes to short-term parking so there is more availability in Mt Eden Village for visitors.
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.
Paid parking in the Essex Road carpark with a tariff of $1.00 per hour for the first two hours, increasing to $2.00 per hour thereafter with no time limit. A 'grace period' will apply in the car park to allow people to stop for up to ten minutes before payment must be made. This pricing structure prioritises short term parking but gives customers the option of staying longer if they need to.
A P120 restriction, Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm along the western side of Mt Eden Road, (north of Valley Road up to 391 Mt Eden Road) to free-up spaces for short term parking during the week.
A P180 restriction on Poronui Street.
Remove one car park on Mt Eden Road just north of Poronui Street to improve visibility for motorists exiting from Poronui Street.
All the existing loading zones, mobility parking restrictions and no stopping restrictions will be retained.
The parking changes will result in approximately 70 additional spaces in the Mt Eden Village for visitors to the shops by converting unrestricted parking (which means a space can be occupied all day) to time restrictions which allow shoppers greatly improved access to available parking.
Key themes in feedback
Feedback on the proposal was open from 1 February to 28 February 2018. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.
Feedback showed good support for the proposal, with 63.2% of respondents either ‘Very Happy’ or ‘Happy’ with the overall proposal.
The following key themes from the feedback to the bus lane and parking proposal and respondents’ general feedback to the Mt Eden bus lane and parking changes proposal overall:
The largest proportion of all respondents said the proposed bus lane extensions would improve congestion and make bus services on Mt Eden Rd more reliable during peak hours (300 responses).
Nearly a quarter of respondents thought the parking restriction proposal would improve churn and availability of on-street parking for everyone (178 responses).
Statements of support for the Essex Rd carpark paid parking proposal, saying the tariff is fair for both short-term visitors and commuters (177 respondents).
Opposition to the Essex Road carpark tariff, saying it may pose an undue/unfair cost to locals and visitors that could also impact local business (113 submitters).
The proposed clearway times would improve congestion for buses and general traffic, often impeded by cars parked in the village (108 respondents).
Requests for more car parks to be removed along Mt Eden Rd to ease congestion and hazards to drivers and cyclists; some wanted all on-street parking removed within the village (107 responses).
Concerns that the removal of six on-street car parks, clearway time extensions, and parking restrictions on side streets will make less parking available to residents, visitors to the Village, and local business employees (106 respondents).
Some concerns that parts of the proposal may have a negative impact on local businesses, such as the bus stop locations and parking restrictions (80 responses).
Requests to retain time restrictions in the Essex Road carpark, so Village visitors and commuters have equal access to the car park throughout the day (78 responses).