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Wakefield Street & Mayoral Drive bus parking Wakefield Street & Mayoral Drive bus parking

Auckland Transport is proposing a new bus stop on Mayoral Drive and changes to bus parking spaces on Wakefield Street and Mayoral Drive to support the City Rail Link (CRL) construction, and improve bus travel times in line with Auckland Council's long-term vision for the city centre.


Project status: Consultation - feedback closed 3 June 2020.
Project zone: Central


Project overview

The closure of the Wellesley Street/Albert Street/Mayoral Drive intersection and the re-routing of bus services to support the CRL Aotea Station works resulted in the loss of some bus parking and layover spaces for bus services terminating and starting in the city centre.

To replace the loss of these spaces, Auckland Transport is proposing more bus parking and some changes to existing bus parking spaces on Wakefield Street and Mayoral Drive, and a new bus stop on Mayoral Drive.

Background

Bus parking is pivotal to ensure city centre bus services can start trips on time and improve the reliability of overall journey times.

Bus services connecting people to the city centre, such as the NX2 and 101, are high demand. Since the re-routing, we are aware of a large gap between city centre bus stops supporting these services. We need to address this issue to ensure passengers can continue to conveniently access these services centrally and connect to nearby midtown bus services.

With more CRL works over the next four years, bus parking is imperative to ensure bus services continue to run efficiently for the thousands of passengers travelling in and out of the city centre daily.

Benefits of bus parking

The proposed bus parking will yield a number of benefits for all road users, including:

  • Removal of buses from city centre traffic while they are not in service, easing congestion.
  • Improved reliability of journey times; buses are more likely to start trips on time if they are parked close to the starting bus stops.
  • Observed health and safety; bus drivers get an opportunity to rest and refresh in between trips, keeping them and other road users safer.

The proposed bus parking is intended to operate throughout the CRL works period over the next four years. We will review the need for these spaces once CRL works are completed.

Timeline

  • 14 May 2020 - Feedback opens for the proposal.
  • 3 June 2020 - Feedback closes for the proposal.
  • Late June/Early July 2020 - Public feedback report available.

Project details

A number of changes to the road space is needed to create the required bus parking spaces to support bus service operations in the city centre.

Wakefield Street

Proposed changes for Wakefield Street between St Pauls Street and Lyndock Street:

  • Install a new 30-metre bus parking space outside 57- 65 Wakefield Street. This will result in the removal of up to seven on-street parking spaces Monday to Friday.
  • Relocate the existing temporary bus layover at 69 Wakefield Street slightly toward Lyndock Street to improve access to the adjacent driveway. This will result in the loss of one on-street parking space.
  • Kerb build outs and minor tree pruning to allow double-decker buses to park and pass safely through this area.
  • This bus parking is proposed to operate at all times from Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday this space will operate under the current City Centre Parking Zone controls.

Mayoral Drive

Proposed changes for Mayoral Drive between Queen Street and Wakefield Street:

  • Install a new bus stop outside 112 Mayoral Drive (near Queen Street). This will replace existing broken yellow lines and be positioned to maintain visibility for vehicles entering and exiting the driveway to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
  • Extend the existing bus parking near 120 Mayoral Drive 15 metres to the east. This bus parking will also replace existing broken yellow lines.
  • Kerb build outs and minor tree pruning to allow double-decker buses to park and pass safely through this area.
  • This bus parking to operate 24/7 (Monday to Sunday) at all times.

Noise and pollution concerns

Buses using the proposed facilities will not be permitted to idle with their engines running. 'No Idling' signage will be installed at all bus parking locations, reminding drivers to switch off their engines.

AT works closely with bus operators to help them understand the conditions of using of the bus parking. They are able to monitor how well drivers are complying with our 'No Idling' requirement remotely.

If you observe buses idling in bus parking spaces,

  • please note the bus company,
  • the time of day it occurred,
  • and the bus fleet number (displayed on the front and side of the bus) or the license plate. 

Report it to Auckland Transport and we will address this directly with the bus operator.

In addition, our Auckland bus fleet has undergone significant modernisation in the last few years and bus noise and emission levels are much lower. Auckland Transport is also trailing hydrogen fuel celled buses and will begin switching the fleet to electric over the next few years.

Design plans


Have your say


Feedback for the proposal is now closed. We are seeking feedback from residents, property owners, and others who may be directly affected by the changes.

In particular we wanted to know of any:

  • land development proposals or issues that may affect the proposed bus parking locations.
  • site-specific safety issues that you think would affect the proposed bus parking locations.

Feedback closed Wednesday 3 June.


For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport