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Residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements Residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) proposed a new residential parking zone to the east of St Stephens Avenue. We also proposed safety improvements along St Stephens Avenue to improve visibility for all road users.

Project status: Implementation - Last updated 23 January 2020.
Project zone: Central

Project overview

As Auckland grows and intensifies, managing parking on residential streets is increasingly important.

Overcrowded parking particularly affects city fringe suburbs like Parnell, where streets are used by commuters for daily parking and in which some residential heritage properties lack off-street parking.

As a part of region-wide parking strategy, we are introducing residential parking zone in areas like Parnell. The objective of the proposed zone is to address the issue of overcrowding and provide greater parking availability and flexibility for residents, businesses and visitors to the area.

We are also proposing to make safety improvements along St Stephens Avenue to improve visibility for all road users especially school children and pedestrians.

Benefits of this residential parking zone

  • Increased availability of parking for residents, businesses and visitors to the areas.
  • Create more flexible parking, with day coupons available for those that want longer stays.
  • Having a convenient and predictable solution for permit-holders.
  • Discourage commuter and non-resident long- term parking.
  • Reduce congestion from vehicles driving around looking for parking spaces thus improving safety.
  • Reduce incidences of vehicle entrance obstruction as vehicles do not have to park in marginal spaces.


  • 10 July 2019 - Consultation opens on the residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements. Read the media release: Feedback open on proposal to extend parking zones in Parnell
  • 10 August 2019 - Consultation closed.
  • August - September - Public feedback considered.
  • 18 December 2019 - The public feedback report for the Residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements is available, read the report.
  • Early 2020 - Implementation

Residential parking zone in Parnell East

Parnell has three existing residential parking zones close to the proposed zone. Since the implementation of a residential parking zone to the west of St Stephens Avenue in late 2017, we have been receiving requests from residents to the east of St Stephens Avenue to propose a new residential parking zone to address increased parking pressure because of displacement commuter parking to nearby streets.

We have undertaken a parking occupancy survey (peak weekday and weekend) for the proposed residential parking zone in Parnell East, which indicates that most of the streets have a very high car occupancy. A number of streets have a parking occupancy above 85%.

There are approximately 1127 on-street parking spaces that are currently available within the proposed zone.

Roads that are included in this proposed residential parking zone

St Stephens Avenue (part only), Crescent Road, Glanville Terrace, Awatea Road, Papahia Street, Waitoa Street, Lichfield Road, Logan Terrace, Takutai Street, Tohunga Crescent, Freemont Street, Lee Street, Elam Street, Whaiti Lane, Brighton Road, Laurie Avenue and Ayr Street.

Laurie Avenue and Ayr Street have been included in previous Parnell parking improvements consultation. Ayr Street was not included in the final outcome of the consultation but Laurie Avenue was included. We would like to hear from residents of Ayr Street about the proposed parking zone.

Laurie Avenue currently has P120 parking restriction, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. There are 15 on-street parking signs installed. By including this street in the proposed zone we plan to reduce on-street parking signs from 15 to 4.

Parnell Resident Parking Zone map

Download the proposed residential parking zone and safety improvements map (PDF 120KB).

Changes to existing parking restrictions within the proposed residential parking zone

There are some streets in Parnell East that have existing time restrictions.

The following restrictions are proposed to be retained.

  • Ayr Street - Clearway 7am to 9am Monday to Friday.
  • Brighton Road - Clearway 7am to 9am Monday to Friday.

The following restrictions are proposed to be amended.

  • St Stephens Avenue close to Parnell District School - P5 car parking 8.30am to 9.15am and 2.30pm to 3.15pm School days. This restriction will remain 42m in length but in order to accommodate the improved visibility for the pedestrian crossing it will be split over two sections. Please refer to the appropriate plan.

The following restrictions are proposed to be removed.

  • Takutai Street - Mobile Library Bus 3:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesdays (Mobile Library Bus no longer uses this space as it has moved).
  • St Stephens Avenue (part) - P120 (taking away restriction not space).
  • Brighton Road - P60 Monday to Sunday.
  • Brighton Road - Residents only at all times

St Stephens Avenue safety improvements

We are proposing to make safety improvements along St Stephens Avenue to improve visibility for all road users especially school children and pedestrians.

St Stephens Avenue intersections visibility improvement

We have received requests from residents raising concerns about visibility issues at two intersections along St Stephens Avenue.

  • St Stephens Avenue and Lichfield Road intersection (2 car parking spaces to be removed).
  • St Stephens Avenue, Bridgewater Road and Crescent Road intersection (6 car parking spaces to be removed).

At present there are no broken yellow lines (BYLs) marked so people park all along both intersections.

This restricts visibility and the ability for vehicles to make turning movements without coming into conflict with parked vehicle.

We propose to add broken yellow lines at both intersections to improve visibility and make it safer for everyone. This visibility improvement will require car park spaces to be removed at each intersection.

St Stephens Avenue Lichfield Road intersection changes
St Stephens Avenue, Lichfield Road intersection changes.

St Stephens Avenue Bridgewater Road Crescent Road intersection changes
St Stephens Avenue, Bridgewater Road, and Crescent Road intersection changes.

St Stephens Pedestrian cross changes
St Stephens Avenue pedestrian crossing changes.


We wanted your feedback on the proposed residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety (visibility) improvements along St Stephens Avenue within the proposed zone. Local knowledge will give us a better understanding of the area, the community’s parking needs and any safety improvements that can be made.

Public feedback closed 10 August 2019.

Download the Residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements brochure (PDF 1.3MB).

Read the public feedback report for Residential parking zone in Parnell East and safety improvements (PDF 3MB, 81 pages).

Proposal outcome

The Residential Parking Zone will proceed in 2020, with the boundary originally proposed.

We will also proceed with the safety improvements on St Stephens Avenue with no changes to the safety improvements as proposed, though we will investigate two additional safety improvements:

  • Stop controls on Freemont Street where it meets Lee Street.
  • To install No Stopping At All Times road markings between the end of the Bus Stop on Brighton Road and Elam Street.

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