On Friday, Auckland Transport announced consultation for a paid parking scheme in Albany.
Auckland Transport (AT) is looking at a paid parking zone for the Albany town centre meaning more parking for short-term visits.
The proposal includes a charge of $1.00 an hour, from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with no time limit on how long you can park. A 10-minute grace period would be allowed for pick-ups and drop offs. Existing loading zones and mobility parking won’t be affected.
The proposal applies to all on-street parking in the town centre area, bounded by Oteha Valley Road, Albany Expressway and the Auckland-Waiwera Motorway. It excludes privately owned parking (such as staff and Westfield mall parking, Albany Park and Ride, and Hooton Reserve parking).
With the amount of development planned for Albany over the next few years, parking in this area needs urgent management, says AT Parking Services manager, John Strawbridge.
Here’s a map of the area covered.
AT have been rolling out improved parking schemes to a number of locations for some time after starting with the CBD back in 2012. Most recently, that I’m aware of, was in Takapuna. The only difference with this Albany scheme appears to be that there is no change in price over the day.
What I thought interesting about this announcement though was that AT have excluded the Albany Park & Ride. It has 1,100 carparks and is I understand overflows on a daily basis – likely one of the factors in AT deciding to introduce this scheme. Introducing some form of pricing on the P&R would be a good to help manage the demand for it.
AT also say that this is needed to help address illegal and poor parking – although it’s not clear why they can’t just enforce the terrible parking that already occurs, including using walking and cycling paths for parking or as driveways and turning grass into a muddy mess, as can be seen below.
— Richard Ashurst (@RichardjAshurst) April 5, 2017
— jimjamjunglejamboree (@jimjamjunglejam) April 6, 2017
Sad face driver can't drive up the cycle way to park. No words required. pic.twitter.com/wtHJ6ZQi8o
— Richard Ashurst (@RichardjAshurst) March 16, 2017
A daily occurrence on the cycle path pic.twitter.com/3vEIyYyPDC
— Richard Ashurst (@RichardjAshurst) March 8, 2017