Auckland Transport said on Friday it was considering introducing a paid parking zone for the Albany town centre, with the intention of freeing more spaces for short-term visits.
The proposal includes a charge of $1/hour, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, with no time limit. Existing loading zones & mobility parking wouldn’t be affected.
The proposal applies to all on-street parking in the town centre area, bounded by Oteha Valley Rd, the Albany Expressway and State Highway 1. It excludes privately owned parking such as staff & Westfield mall parking, the Albany park-&-ride and Hooton Reserve parking.
The public consultation period will close on Sunday 28 May, and the analysis of the feedback & decisions made will be available by August.
Auckland Transport parking services manager John Strawbridge said if the decision is made to proceed with the proposal, it will be implemented by the end of 2017.
He commented: “With the amount of development planned for Albany over the next few years, parking in this area needs urgent management. This proposal not only manages the current parking, which is almost at capacity, it puts in a system for the future needs of the area.
“The plan improves parking availability and encourages alternatives like carpooling. It will help solve current issues with illegal & poor parking in the area.”
Mr Strawbridge said Auckland Transport also had a new app for iPhone & Android, AT Park, which means you can pay for parking without coins.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.